Special Issue "Sex Education as Health Promotion: What Does It Take?"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 December 2020).
Interests: sexual education; sexual health; gender studies; gender violence; HIV prevention; health promotion
Assistant Guest Editor
Interests: sexual education; sexual health; HIV prevention; gender violence; dating violence; sexting, porn revenge
Assistant Guest Editor
Interests: sexual education; lesbian; gay; bisexual and transgender studies; homophobic and transphobic bullying
The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development show us how good health and wellbeing are intrinsically intertwined with progress and development (UN, 2015). Unfortunately, promotion of sexual health has been over-centered in the prevention of risks and diseases more than the positive aspects of wellbeing. This gap is being overcome by Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) programs allowing us to go beyond education about reproduction, risks and disease, which reaffirms the position of sexuality education within a framework of human rights and gender equality (Unesco, 2018). However, sex education appeared as a range of different practices that were held together by the label “comprehensive sex education”, and despite the extensive evidence on the effectiveness of CSE Programmers, there are several issues to face. First, CSE programs are described as an evidence-informed approach, but this approach of sex education as realistic and neutral, connected to science and facts, forgets the crucial role of the social and political context in which sex education programs are implemented (Schaalma et al., 2014). Second, CSE highlights the individualistic, neoliberal approach to sexuality, which reduces the attention to crucial issues such as power differences, sexual agency, and sexual pleasure (Krebbekx, 2018). In addition, we need to know more about the role of pornography inside real world sexual encounters (Sun et al., 2014), and how advances in communication technologies and social media provide emergent modalities to engage adolescents in comprehensive sexual education (Kalke, et al., 2018; Todaro et al., 2018). The key questions are: What is being done? What obstacles are holding back the promotion of sexual health? What are the challenges? Papers addressing these topics are invited for this Special Issue, especially those combining a high academic standard coupled with a practical focus on innovative and successful sex education experiences.
Dr. María Lameiras Fernández
Prof. Yolanda Rodríguez Castro
Prof. Maria Victoria Carrera-Fernández
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- comprehensive sexual education
- female sexual pleasure
- gender equality
- gender stereotypes
- gender violence
- gender and power
- sexual agency
- sexual education
- sexual health
- sexual pleasure
- sexual risks