Faculty Publications

Title

Celebrating Diversity: Feminist Sexuality Education in the Undergraduate Classroom

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality

Volume

9

Issue

3-4

First Page

37

Last Page

69

Abstract

Questioning the validity of the middle-class, white, male, heterosexual standard of sexual normality, feminist sexuality education celebrates diversity by considering how socioeconomic class, ethnicity, race, religion, region, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical health or disability function independently and in interaction to shape sexual attitudes and experience. Students are treated as active participants in the learning process, not passive vessels to be filled up with facts. Instruction focuses on affective and cognitive learning simultaneously. This article considers a variety of techniques for empowering students to share thoughts and feelings both in the classroom and through individual and collective homework assignments. By treating those we teach as colleagues, not subordinates, and by attending to individual growth and group process, teachers become students too, taking emotional risks in the classroom, opening ourselves to new information, and being willing to listen to students' criticism and suggestions for improvement. © 1997 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

7-31-1997

DOI of published version

10.1300/J056v09n03_03

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