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ERIC Number: EJ887384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1554-6128
Minimizing Harm and Maximizing Pleasure: Considering the Harm Reduction Paradigm for Sexuality Education
Naisteter, Michal A.; Sitron, Justin A.
American Journal of Sexuality Education, v5 n2 p101-115 2010
This article explores the potential for introducing harm reduction into sexuality education. When the goal of sexuality education is on prevention and focuses on risk and public health concerns, a discussion of pleasure is rendered problematic, as many pleasurable behaviors are inherently "unsafe" or "risky" when considered using a safe-sex lens. The authors argue that integrating harm reduction into a national strategy to enhance sexual health will provide participants in sexuality education programs the agency to make educated harm-aware choices about their behavior. A harm reduction paradigm offers an opportunity to negotiate pleasure "and" safety in a paradigm that juxtaposes "unbound pleasure" and "restricted sexual safety," rather than one that allows for either unsafe or safe sexual behavior choices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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