Sexuality Education Matters

  • Louisa Allen
Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)


This chapter proposes that sexuality education research and practice is caught in a cul-de-sac of predictable questions and answers that have constrained its development as an innovative curriculum area and field of research. It argues that this field’s most enduring and pertinent issues are often articulated in a series of regulating binaries such as ‘Is content appropriate/inappropriate?’ or ‘Are programmes effective/ineffective?’ These binaries produce a number of stalemates in sexuality education between, for instance, secular and religious perspectives, that fail to satisfy either group. The theoretical paradigm of new materialism, employed throughout the ensuing chapters, is introduced as a way to think differently about sexuality education’s current challenges. The research methodology undertaken in the book is also introduced.


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  • Louisa Allen
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  1. 1.Faculty of Education and Social WorkUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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