Sexuality and Social Control Sex Essay

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" (Archbishop: sex ed should teach love, not mechanics)

What this suggests is that a different approach should be taken to sex education. This approach would be based on values and morals that place sex into a framework in which the responsibilities and importance of sexual activity is explained and understood. It is also of interest that the advocates of this view are of the opinion that values such as chastity and abstinence are the most effective methods of prevention against sexually transmitted diseases. As one commentator who advocates an abstinence based approach states; "An abstinence-based approach to sex education focuses on teaching young people that abstaining from sex until marriage is the best means of ensuring that they avoid infection with HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy." ( Abstinence)

Another central critique of the present sex education policy is that "Sex education literature never teaches that any type of sexual activity is wrong. "(A Christian Response to Sex Education) Advocates of this view make the telling point that very young children are in fact being taught that they have the maturity to make an 'informed choice' whether or not to have sex. (A Christian Response to Sex Education) This is clearly a misguided view. In the final analysis one could suggest that both the mechanical and moral approach to sex should be included in sex education policy. What is clear is that an overemphasis on the mechanical aspects of sex and the neglect of mortal and cultural values is not a valid or successful foundation of a national policy for sex education.

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Abstinence, viewed May 5, 2009,

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