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ERIC Number: EJ881078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1811
Morally Problematic: Young Mothers' Lives as Parables about the Dangers of Sex
Chabot, Cathy; Shoveller, Jean A.; Johnson, Joy L.; Prkachin, Ken
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v10 n2 p201-215 May 2010
Drawing on data from an ethnographic study examining the experiences of early-age mothers living in a remote city in northern British Columbia, Canada, we examine the perspectives of two study participants--one young mother and one service provider--who proposed that young mothers should visit high school classrooms to provide experiential narratives about the potential dangers of sex, particularly for young women. While many participants suggested that these peer-education presentations could be a positive experience for students as well as the young mothers/peer educators, the parables that their experiences represent reinforce social and physical distance between early-age mothers and mainstream society. Using a Foucauldian analysis, we demonstrate how these parables are more likely to demonize young women's sexualities and further alienate the young mothers from other teens.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada