Title

Sex Education Propaganda: How Do We Grow Up Healthy?

Presenter Information

Greg Knotts
Jill Goodman

Start Time

26-10-2007 11:45 AM

End Time

26-10-2007 1:45 PM

Abstract

Growing up can be hell. The occupation of growing up encompasses physical, mental, and emotional changes, is composed of a myriad of acts and experiences, lacks parameters, and is convoluted at best. This paper presentation highlights one aspect of the lived experience of the occupation of growing up; we focus specifically on growing up as the period of going through biological changes during puberty and how this intertwines with cultural ideologies of sexual health. Occupation has been explicitly linked to both the health of individuals (Wilcock, 2006, 2007) and the health of the larger social cultural world (Turner, 2007). The authors chose the lens of sexual health through which to view how the construction of biological (individual) health is often confounded with the construction of cultural (social) health. This study utilizes sexual education resources targeting the adolescent boy over the past century to trace how sex education propaganda influenced the development of both a biological and cultural sexual health‚. We compare sexual education resources from 1927-1941 to resources from 1991-2006. During puberty, adolescents engage in a biological imperative of physical maturation, culminating in, among other things, the development of a culturally healthy‚ sexuality. Within the confines of these materials targeting healthy maturation during puberty, we present how healthy (individual) biological growth is confounded with the dominant ideology of healthy cultural (social) growth. The occupation of growing up physically does not occur in a vacuum, but is linked to ideologies of cultural health. As occupation influences health, this paper is central to understanding one aspect of how biological sexual health intertwines with the social cultural influences of health within two particular time periods.

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Sex Education Propaganda: How Do We Grow Up Healthy?

Growing up can be hell. The occupation of growing up encompasses physical, mental, and emotional changes, is composed of a myriad of acts and experiences, lacks parameters, and is convoluted at best. This paper presentation highlights one aspect of the lived experience of the occupation of growing up; we focus specifically on growing up as the period of going through biological changes during puberty and how this intertwines with cultural ideologies of sexual health. Occupation has been explicitly linked to both the health of individuals (Wilcock, 2006, 2007) and the health of the larger social cultural world (Turner, 2007). The authors chose the lens of sexual health through which to view how the construction of biological (individual) health is often confounded with the construction of cultural (social) health. This study utilizes sexual education resources targeting the adolescent boy over the past century to trace how sex education propaganda influenced the development of both a biological and cultural sexual health‚. We compare sexual education resources from 1927-1941 to resources from 1991-2006. During puberty, adolescents engage in a biological imperative of physical maturation, culminating in, among other things, the development of a culturally healthy‚ sexuality. Within the confines of these materials targeting healthy maturation during puberty, we present how healthy (individual) biological growth is confounded with the dominant ideology of healthy cultural (social) growth. The occupation of growing up physically does not occur in a vacuum, but is linked to ideologies of cultural health. As occupation influences health, this paper is central to understanding one aspect of how biological sexual health intertwines with the social cultural influences of health within two particular time periods.