Links To Sites On Sexuality Of Children And Teenagers
To Minors: The Perils Of Protecting Children From Sex - By Judith Levine
Sex is a wonderful, crucial part of growing up, and children and teens can enjoy the pleasures of the body and be safe, too. In this important and crucial book, Judith Levine makes this argument and goes further, asserting that America's attempts to protect children from sex are worse than ineffectual. It is the assumption of danger and the exclusive focus on protection - what Levine terms "the sexual politics of fear" - that are themselves harmful to minors. Through interviews with young people and their parents, stories drawn from today's headlines, and a look back at the ways sex among children and teenagers has been viewed throughout history, Judith Levine debunks some of the dominant myths of our society. She examines and challenges widespread anxieties (pedophilia, stranger kidnapping, Internet pornography) and sacred cows (abstinence-based sex education, statutory rape laws). Levine investigates the policies and practices that affect kids' sex lives - censorship, psychology, sex and AIDS education, family, criminal, and reproductive law, and the journalism that begs for "solutions" while inciting more fear. Levine provides optimistic, though realistic, prescriptions for how we might do better in guiding children toward loving well - that is, safely, pleasurably, and with respect for others and themselves. (pp 299), hard cover, 40,95
Agee Of Consent: How Old Is Enough
Age Taboo: Age of consent
All About Sex
Sexual Hysteria: How it hurts people and society
Child Sexual Development - By Loretta Haroian, Listed in Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, Volume 3, 2/01/00
"Human beings have the tendency not to make judgments based on facts, especially in sexual matters, but rather on simplified abstractions of reality. New facts, including scientific research, are generally not accepted or respected. This had long been the case with homosexuality. Misguided notions thrived, and there was active resistance to any revision of opinion." -Dr. Frits Bernard - Clinical Psychologist
"We know very little about sexual experiences of children. There are many reasons for this, not the least is the fact that until recently we have not admitted, and have not wanted to admit, that "normal" children have sexual experiences. Freud alerted us to the sexual potentialities of the young, but still we were loath to research the subject.
We need not and should not wait longer in researching the sexual potential and sexual experiences of normal children, though there will be pockets of resistance. The rewards will be greater than the fears and threats that will accompany inquiry and free discussion. Sexually speaking, what are the young capable of experiencing? What are they experiencing? Many parents, teachers, and others interested in childhood and the effect of childhood experiences on adult life will appreciate such inquiry."
The Sexual Life Of Children - By Floyd M. Martinson
Teenage Sexuality, Body Politics and the Pedagogy of Display - By Henry A. Giroux