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Object MattersCondoms, Adolescence and Time$
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Nicole Vitellone

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719075681

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719075681.001.0001

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Sex education and the condom

Sex education and the condom

(p.13) 2 Sex education and the condom
Object Matters

Nicole Vitellone

Manchester University Press

This chapter analyses the social effects of sex education for adolescents. Focusing on the period post-1986, it examines the impact of AIDS education, and in particular safer-sex education in the classroom. The main point of concern is the framing of sexual knowledge of the condom in public secondary high schools. By comparing and contrasting the provision of sex education in the US, UK and Australia, the chapter draws attention to the differences and similarities in present and past histories of sex education, and in so doing, highlights how the regulation of adolescent sexuality in the era of AIDS concerns the object of the condom. The overall argument is that sex education concerns the regulation of the adolescent's sexual future.

Keywords:   adolescents, AIDS education, safer-sex education, public high schools, adolescent sexuality

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