Safer Sex: The New Morality

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The attitudes, thinking, and policies in European countries where the teen pregnancy rates are much lower than those in the United States are examined in this plea for domestic societal change. Research in the Netherlands, France, and Germany found that nonjudgmental attitudes, access to safer sex practices, and comprehensive sex education are the norm. This book looks to European principles and proposes that the United States put aside philosophical and religious differences and work together to protect teens ...
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Overview


The attitudes, thinking, and policies in European countries where the teen pregnancy rates are much lower than those in the United States are examined in this plea for domestic societal change. Research in the Netherlands, France, and Germany found that nonjudgmental attitudes, access to safer sex practices, and comprehensive sex education are the norm. This book looks to European principles and proposes that the United States put aside philosophical and religious differences and work together to protect teens from early, unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. Topics covered include family values, the influence of the media, AIDS and STDs, contraception, abstinence, sex education, abortion, and religion. This book is geared toward teen providers, teachers, religious leaders, politicians, public health officials, medical providers, and parents—in short, anyone who has respect for teens and their ability, with appropriate and honest guidance, to make responsible decisions.
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Lerman, a family mediator and former teacher, has written a remarkably balanced, well-researched (and potentially controversial) guide to teen pregnancy and STD prevention. Her lively writing style and direct approach make it clear that she understands the world of teens today—and the realities of their sexual behavior—although she hasn't been one herself for quite some time (according to the author bio she has four grandchildren). While participating in a study tour of the Netherlands, France, and Germany—all of which have teen pregnancy rates substantially lower than ours—she observed strategies for teaching teens about sexual responsibility that she feels should be implemented here. Rather than the "just say no" message so often advocated in the U.S., she found successful educational campaigns for safer sex that give the message that young people, who may well be in sexual relationships, need to monitor their own behavior. She points out the double bind in which American teens find themselves: the media portray a world of free sex while parents and teachers in the real world expect very different behavior. She is remarkably unjudgmental in her presentation of both sides in various debates (e.g., Should we outlaw abortion or place condoms in schools? Should we strengthen sex education in schools—or should sex education be done primarily by parents? Can TV be a positive force in all this?). However, Lerman's bias toward an "abstinence plus" approach to sex education (with an emphasis "against unprotected sex" rather than on "abstinence until marriage") is clear. Unlike many other authors who approach the same issues—how to reduce teen pregnancy, lowerthe abortion rate, fight AIDS and other STDs—she really does attack the problems and not the people in various camps. And she presents a convincing argument for more openness with children—much earlier and wider dissemination of information. Her thorough treatment of topics such as "respect sexual orientation" and "menu of contraceptives" and "abortion—fight to limit teen access" will no doubt make some readers uncomfortable—but may also, more importantly, make them think—and perhaps, make some of them reconsider. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Morning Glory Press, 224p, 22cm, $14.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Gloria Levine; Freelance Education Writer, Potomac, MD, November 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885356666
  • Publisher: Independent Publishers Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author


Evelyn Lerman is the author of Teen Moms: The Pain and the Promise. She lives in Sarasota, Florida.
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