2. Masculinity and COVID
3. Public Health Response to the Pandemic
3.1. The Prominence of Individualism
“In a society in which individual freedom is practiced with full awareness of the rights of others and the solidarity which underpins a mutually regarding and respectful community, it is natural to wear a mask during the pandemic—not to protect oneself but to block transmission from self to others. In a society in which the unconstrained individual always has primacy, the requirement that a mask must be worn, like the requirement that one must stay at home until permitted to leave, is less the regulation of common social protection than a violation of the person.” (p.1393 ).
3.2. A Crisis in Leadership
3.3. Ignoring Vulnerable Populations
“The most important consequence of seeing COVID-19 as a syndemic is to underline its social origins. The vulnerability of older citizens; Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities; and key workers who are commonly poorly paid with fewer welfare protections points to a truth so far barely acknowledged—namely, that no matter how effective a treatment or protective a vaccine, the pursuit of a purely biomedical solution to COVID-19 will fail ” (p. 874).
4. Parallels to Sex Education: Individualism; Crisis in Leadership; Vulnerable Populations
4.1. The Prominence of Individualism
4.2. A Crisis in Leadership
“The lack of clear federal policy guidelines or resources for adolescent comprehensive sexuality education has resulted in a wide array of sex education policies at the state and school district level, and marked disparities by state and district in access to comprehensive sex education and sexual health outcomes” (p. 276).
4.3. Vulnerable Populations
5. Focus on Community: Four Requests
5.1. Condom Distribution
5.2. Medically Accurate Sex Education
5.3. Discussing Hookups
5.4. Including Information about Pornography
6. Conclusions: Can Sex Education Learn from the Pandemic?
Institutional Review Board Statement
Informed Consent Statement
Conflicts of Interest
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