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Teaching Sex

The Shaping of Adolescence in the 20th Century

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$37.00 • £29.95 • €33.50

ISBN 9780674009820

Publication Date: 10/15/2002


304 pages

5-3/4 x 8-7/8 inches


Jeffrey Moran uses the history of "teaching sex" in America to completely recast our understandings of contemporary political struggles in sex education. Thoughtful and gracefully written, at once a clear-eyed history and a compelling piece of social criticism, Teaching Sex is a revelatory book.—Beth Bailey, author of Sex in the Heartland

A timely historical overview on the politics of sexuality education...[and] a valuable resource full of fascinating information.—Marjorie Heins, National Coalition Against Censorship Newsletter

Jeffrey Moran provides an engrossing chronicle and thoughtful analysis of government-sanctioned programs designed for a captive audience of high school students...Since the Sixties, sex educators have been repeatedly thwarted by holier-than-thou reactionaries with political agendas, especially on themes such as contraceptives and abortion. But Moran also takes educators to task for not taking into account the interest of those they purport to be teaching. His book is a must read.—Paul Engleman, Playboy

Jeffrey P. Moran has written an informative and entertaining book with an accessible style of writing that displays a non-intrusive sense of humor. The book is not polemical, not for the most part argumentative, but rather it summarizes the way in which perceptions of adolescent sexuality and general social attitudes toward sex have changed through the last century, in particular the way adolescent sexuality has been seen as a problem to be met by some definite action on the part of society.—James Tate,

Well-researched and unfailingly intelligent, Teaching Sex exposes the ways in which sex education almost inevitably involves deep moral issues. An excellent book, and an important perspective on American culture in the twentieth century.—Paula Fass, author of Kidnapped: Child Abduction in America

Jeffrey Moran’s book, Teaching Sex, offers an impressively lucid and balanced history of sex education and related matters in twentieth century American life. It fills a large gap among studies of American cultural and social history.—James T. Patterson, author of Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974

Jeffrey Moran has written a helpful and important book for understanding sexual perception and information aimed at adolescents in the 20th century. He has a rare ability to synthesize complex and disparate materials, and explores not only ideas about sex education, but also their implementation in cities and schools and the range of reactions that they occasioned. He is ever attuned to the shifting political contexts that change the way that adults understand youth and sexuality.—Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Smith College

This book is a comprehensive treatment of an elusive history. It is a single resource which shows us the foibles of our predecessors and points the way to teaching sex in a manner which promotes health for adolescents and young adults. A must read.—Dr. Drew Pinsky, of MTV’s "Loveline"

This well-written book is an objective, excellently documented history of sex education in American public schools from the early 1900s to the present.—R. W. Smith, Choice

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