Religious Studies

in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Religion Forum: Teaching Moral Sex

Friday, February 5th,  3:30 PM

Bryant Hall 200

Kristy Slominski (Georgia State University)

“Teaching Moral Sex: An American Religious History of Sex Education

This talk will provide an overview of religious contributions to the movement for public sex education from the late nineteenth century to the present.  I argue that liberal religions — primarily Protestant — laid foundations for both the conservative and liberal sides of contemporary controversies between abstinence-only and comprehensive sexuality education.  As important players within mainstream movements for sex education, liberal religious leaders and organizations strategically combined progressive and restrictive approaches to sexuality, influencing major shifts and divisions in sex education.


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