Talk about Sex: How Sex Ed Battles Helped Ignite the Right (Sexuality Studies) (Paperback)

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Talk about Sex: How Sex Ed Battles Helped Ignite the Right (Sexuality Studies) (Paperback)


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Praise for Talk about Sex

“Must reading for scholars, sexuality researchers, activists, and public policy and public health planners engaged in efforts to promote education on sex, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV infection prevention for adolescents in schools.”—JAMA 
Talk about Sex is a rich social history about the political transformations, cultural dynamics, and emotional rhetorical strategies that helped the right wing manufacture controversies on the local and national levels in the United States. Although the emergence of a politicized Christian Right is commonly dated at the mid-seventies, with the founding of groups like the Moral Majority, Talk about Sex tells the story of a powerful right-wing Christian presence in politics a full decade earlier. These activists used inflammatory sexual rhetoric—oftentimes deceptive and provocative—to capture the terms of public debate, galvanize voters, and reshape the culture according to their own vision. 

This 20th Anniversary Edition includes a new preface and epilogue by the author that examines current controversies over public education on sexuality, gender, and race. 
Demonstrating how the right wing draws on the cultural power of sexual shame and fear to build a political movement, Talk about Sex explores the complex entanglements of sexual knowledge, politics, and discourses.

Janice M. Irvine is Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of Marginal People in Deviant Places: Ethnography, Difference, and the Challenge to Scientific Racism.

Product Details ISBN: 9781439924228
ISBN-10: 1439924228
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication Date: March 24th, 2023
Pages: 300
Language: English
Series: Sexuality Studies