Harmful To Minors: The Perils Of Protecting Children From Sex
Now available in paperback, Judith Levine's controversial book challenges American attitudes towards child and adolescent sexuality-especially attitudes promulgated by a Christian right that has effectively seized control of how sex is taught in public schools. The author-a thoughtful and persuasive journalist and essayist-examines the consequences of "abstinence" only edu...more
Right, so. The first half of this book deals with the way American law and culture addresses – and mostly fails to address – sex and children. From the unsurprising indictment of sex-ed to the discussions of the misogyny and powerlessness perpetuated by statutory rape laws, it’s ...more
- As a therapist, I found the "therapy" chapter really interesting. I had some disagreements (see below) but found it refreshing to hear someone challenging some sacred cows of the therapy field.
- It can be really damaging when we pathologize children's normative sexual behavior as abuse, molestation, or trauma react ...more
I think this book is the kind of thing every parent needs to be exposed to before having a child so that they can make informed and healthy ...more
Using historical and legal data she presents a strong argument in
favor of reforming laws and norms that supposedly protect children from harm.
She covers a range of topics from the effects of abstinence only education and why this form of education does not provide minors with the tools to make informed choices to statutory rape laws
that are in serious need of reform.
Overall it is a great read, just be open mi ...more
Five stars for a thorough and serious (and heavily footnoted) look at a difficult and important phenomenon. Four stars for still falling prey to some stereotypes about teens. ...more
You don't necessarily need to be convinced by some of the arguments, but they will (or should!) at the very least provide a lot of food for thought. I found myself being horrified at certain claims, only to later come around to the author's way of thinking by reflecting in the abstract and on some pretty relevant personal experiences.
It's one of those ...more
The first half of this book is an excellent deconstruction of the 'abstinence only' program of sexual education and how farcical and damaging it is. This was, of course, preaching to my own personal choir. I found the second half the truly brilliant part - where Levine lays out what a truly progressive sexual education for children would be. I adored the focus on community and communal participation - as well as the emphasis on both romantic and physical want, for boys and girls both. Wonderful ...more
Not particularly useful for teachers looking for tips on how to talk about sexuality with older teenagers without getting fir ...more
This is not scholarship. I don't know what the motivations behind this book were, but the scholarship is by no means convincing. ...more
Harmful to Minors makes many fair points about infantilizing children, pathologizing normal behavior, and using people's protectiveness of children to pass censorship laws. On that note, I could recommend the book.
Unfortunately, the ways in which it is typical far outweigh the valid points the author makes. I understand that many are in favor of birth control and abortion, but Ms. Levine seems to practically salivate at the ...more
To me, the most interesting theme that runs throughout this book is agency. At what point does a child have control and say so over his or her own body a ...more
For me, Levine's greatest failure is her myopic academic views. I love freedom ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Sociology book about religion’s war on teen sexuality, prob. 2006. [s]||4||17||Jul 16, 2020 11:25PM|