Growing Up Sexually(Bibliographies)


20/Sex “Education”, Control and Discourse



Main Index®Index Volume 3 ® Bibliography 20


Compiler’s Notes:


A small tentative selection of works that critically examine sex education discourses, examinations unavoidably pivoted around issues of “normality”, control, and hierarchy. See also bibliography 30, on “Politics, Rights, Freedom”.


Note: this bibliography may be updated monthly.


§  Allard, Andrea (2000) Review Essay: Hegemonic and (Dis)Missed Discourses: the production of sexual identities, Pedagogy, Culture & Society 8,1:125-33 []

§  Bay-Cheng, L. Y. (2001). Values and norms in Web-based sexuality education. Journal of Sex Research 38(3): 241-251

§  Castaneda, C. (2002). Figurations: Child, Bodies, Worlds. Durham & London: Duke University Press

§  Castro Vazquez, G. & Kishi, I. (2002). 'Nemureru ko wo okosu mono dearu': Learning about Sex at a Top Ranking Japanese Senior High School. Sexualities 5(4): 465-486.

·         Crimp, D. (1989). AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press.

·         Desjardins, G. (1990). Sex-Education - Catholic Discourse on Sexuality in Quebec (1930-1960). Revue D Histoire de l Amerique Francaise 43(3): 381-401

·         Epstein, Debbie & Richard Johnson (1998) Schooling Sexualities. Buckingham: Open University Press

·         Evans, H. (1995). Defining Difference: The "Scientific" Construction of Sexuality and Gender in the People's Republic of China. Signs 20(2): 357-394

·         Fine, M. (1988). Sexuality, Schooling, and Adolescent Females: The Missing Discourse of Desire. Harvard Educational Review 58(1): 29-53

·         Foucault, M. (1976) Histoire de la Sexualité. Vol. 1. 1980 English ed., New York: Vintage Books

·         Foucault, M. (Ewald, F. et al., eds., 1999) Les Anormaux; Cours au Collège de France (1974-1975). [Paris]: Gallimard / Seuil. Foucault, M. (2004) Abnormal: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1974-1975, eds. Valerio Marchetti & Antonella Salomoni, transl. Graham Burchell, Picador

·         Francis, B. & Skelton, C. (2001). Men Teachers and the Construction of Heterosexual Masculinity in the Classroom. Sex Education 1(1): 9-21

·         Green, L. (1998) Caged by Force, Entrapped by Discourse: A Study of the Construction and Control of Children and Their Sexualities in Residential Children’s Homes. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Huddersfield, UK

·         Hall, L. A. (1992). Forbidden by God, Despised by Men: Masturbation, Medical Warnings, Moral Panic, and Manhood in Great Britain, 1850-1950. Journal of the History of Sexuality 2(3): 365-387

·         Harrison, L. & Hillier, L. (1999). What Should Be the 'Subject' of Sex Education? Discourse 20(2): 279-288

·         Haywood, C. (1996) Sex education policy and the regulation of young people’s sexual practice, Educational Review, 48,2:121-9

·         Irvine, J. M. (2000). Doing it with words: Discourse and the sex education culture wars. Critical Inquiry 27(1): 58-76

  • Janssen, D. F. (2004) Postdevelopmental Sexualities: Don’t Bring the Kids. Paper delivered at the XVIth Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozialwissenschaftliche Sexualforschung (DGSS) Conference on Social Scientific Sexuality Research “Sexualities and Social Change”, June 25-27, Lüneburg, Germany [download here]
  • Janssen, D. F. (2005) Current Western Problems of “Taught” and Propaedeutic Sexualities. Paper delivered to the “Cultural Aspects of Sex/Sexuality Education” One-day Conference at the Institute of Education (IoE), University of London, London, UK, 25 May 2005 [download here]
  • Janssen, D. F., Structure, Norm, Filter: Policing Curricular Bodies. Paper submitted for review, 2005

·         Johnson, R. (1996). Sexual Dissonances: Or the 'Impossibility' of Sexuality Education. Curriculum Studies 4(2): 163-189

·         Jose, J. (1999). Drawing the line: Sex education and homosexuality in South Australia, 1985. Australian Journal of Politics and History 45(2): 197-213

·         Lupton, D. (1997). Fatal Advice: How Safe-Sex Education Went Wrong. Discourse and Society 8(2): 278-279

·         Lupton, D. & Tulloch, J. (1998). The Adolescent 'Unfinished Body', Reflexivity and HIV/AIDS Risk. Body and Society 4(2): 19-34

·         Mckay, A. (1997). Accommodating ideological pluralism in sexuality education. Journal of Moral Education 26(3): 285-300

·         Middleton, S.(1996a) Canes, Berets and Gangsta Rap: Disciplining Sexuality in School, 1920-1995. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, April 8-12, 1996

·         Middleton, S. (1996b) Uniform bodies?: Disciplining sexuality in school 1968–1995, New Zealand Women's Studies Journal 12,2:9–36

·         Middleton, S. (1998) Disciplining sexuality: Foucault, life histories, and education. New York; London: Teachers College, Columbia University

·         Monk, D. (1998). Sex education and the problematization of teenage pregnancy: A genealogy of law and governance. Social & Legal Studies 7(2): 239-259

·         Nnko, Soori & Robert, Pool (1997). Sexual discourse in the context of AIDS: dominant themes on adolescent sexuality among primary school pupils in Magu district, Tanzania. Health Transition Review 7(supp.3):85-90

·         Popkewitz, T. S. & Brennan, M. (1998). Foucault's challenge: discourse, knowledge, and power in education. New York, Teachers College Press

·         Redman, P. (1996). Curtis loves Ranjit: Heterosexual masculinities, schooling and pupils' sexual cultures. Educational Review 48(2): 175-182

·         Rosow, Kenneth & Persell, C. H. (1980). Sex Education from 1900 to 1920: A Study of Ideological Social Control, Qualitative Sociology 3(1):186-203

·         Sears, J. (Ed., 1992) Sexuality and curriculum: The politics of sexuality education. New York: Teachers College Press

·         Squirrell, G. (1990). Issues of Sexuality: Construction and Control. British Journal of Sociology of Education 11(4): 477-483

·         Stoler, A. L. (1995). Race and the education of desire Foucault's History of sexuality and the colonial order of things. Durham, Duke University Press

·         Takahashi, I. (1993). [Youth and Sex Education]. Kyoiku shakaigaku Kenkyu [Journal of Educational Sociology] 53(Oct): 31-46

·         Thorogood, N. (1992). Sex Education as Social Control, Critical Public Health 3(2): 43-50

·         Thorogood, N. (2000). Sex education as a disciplinary technique: Policy and Practice in England and Wales. Sexualities3(4):425-438

·         Tien, L. (1994). Children's Sexuality and the New Information Technology: A Foucaultian Approach. Social and Legal Studies 3(1): 121-147

·         Wagener, J. R. (1998). The Construction of the Body through Sex Education Discourse Practices. In Popkewitz, Th. S. & Brennan, M. (Eds.) Foucault's Challenge: Discourse, Knowledge, and Power in Education. New York & London: Teachers College, Columbia University, 144-169

·         Walsh, A., Parker, E. & Cushing, A. (1999).  ‘How am I gonna answer this one?’: A discourse analysis of fathers’ accounts of providing sexuality education for young sons, Canadian J Human Sexuality 8,2:103-14

·         Willig, C. (1999). Discourse analysis and sex education. In, Willig, C. (Ed) Applied Discourse Analysis. Sage. Short Term Loan: 225-011






Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Apr 2005