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The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Education brings together leading scholars on gender and education to provide an up-to-date and broad-ranging guide to the field. It is a comprehensive overview of different theoretical positions on equity issues in schools. The contributions cover all sectors of education from early years to higher education; curriculum subjects; methodological and theoretical perspectives; and gender identities in education. Each chapter reviews, synthesises, and provides a critical interrogation of key contemporary themes in education. This approach ensures that the book will be an indispensable source of reference for a wide range of readers: students, academics and practitioners.
Chapter 18: ‘Sex’ Education: Subjugated Discourses and Adolescents' Voices
‘Sex’ Education: Subjugated Discourses and Adolescents' Voices
The teaching of sex education remains one of the biggest challenges for governments, educational institutions, teachers and policy makers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The word ‘sex’ as used in ordinary language is ambiguous, referring to both the biological category of being male or female and the act of engaging in sexual activities. Sexual activities, behaviors and attitudes to sex are informed by a gender system. Gender is a social construction that ascribes roles, behaviors and attitudes on the basis of sex. A sex/gender system is thus implicated in the marking of biological sex with socially constructed gender meaning of what it means to be a woman or a man. The word ‘sex’ will ...