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Teaching Moral Sex: A History of Religion and Sex Education in the United States

Kristy L. Slominski


Teaching Moral Sex is the first comprehensive study to focus on the role of religion in the history of public sex education in the United States. It examines religious contributions to national sex education organizations from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century, highlighting issues of public health, public education, family, and the role of the state. It details how public sex education was created through the collaboration of religious sex educators—primarily liberal Protestants, along with some Catholics and Reform Jews—with “men of science,” namely, physicians, bi ... More

Keywords: sex education, American religion, liberal religion, Protestantism, comprehensive sexuality education, abstinence-only education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190842178
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190842178.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristy L. Slominski, author
Assistant Professor of Religion, University of Mississippi