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ERIC Number: EJ834470
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1811
Desire as Interruption: Young Women and Sexuality Education in Ontario, Canada
Connell, Erin
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v5 n3 p253-268 Aug 2005
Danger and pleasure are terms commonly employed to describe women's sexual experiences, including those of young women. This paper explores how young women's sexual danger and pleasure are represented and characterized in official discourses, specifically those of school-based sexuality education. Drawing on Michelle Fine's four major discourses of sexuality education, this paper uses the Ontario Curriculum and its companion Course Profiles to analyze school-based sexuality education in Ontario, Canada. This paper describes how the discourses of victimization and individual morality dominate in the curriculum while the discourse of desire is largely absent. Because there is considerable emphasis on danger/victimization and insufficient attention paid to pleasure/desire, the paper concludes by describing how a discourse of desire might be included in sexuality education curriculum. (Contains 1 table and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada