Sex Education, Homosexuality and Social Contestation in 1970s New Zealand
This essay examines the relationships between homosexuality and sex education in New Zealand during the 1970s. It argues that reading sex education debates and resources provides a useful way of exploring connections between the ontologies and politics of sexuality at that time. In particular, the advent of social movements concerned with sexual issues marked a turning point in homosexuality's appearance within formal and informal modes of sex education. During the 1970s, sex education and related debates became a key site at which various conceptualisations of homosexuality were constructed and contested. By analysing the struggles between radical and conservative perspectives, we can see how same‐sex desire came to symbolise changing sexual mores, as well as broader ideas about social order and social change.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Rights Statement: © 2007 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: New Zealand; sex education; homosexuality
Research Type: Journal Article
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