The importance of entertainment for sexuality education

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Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 2012, 12 (5), pp. 499 - 509
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Researchers in sexuality education have tended to focus on formal schooling. However, young people learn about sexuality from a range of sources, including entertainment media. This is particularly important because young people actively seek out entertainment media. They do so because it gives them the kinds of information they want, in ways that seem relevant to them. This is often not the case for formal schooling, for reasons that may not easily change in the near future. Possibilities exist for sexuality education researchers to form productive relationships with entertainment producers: but only if these are approached with respect for the producers particular skills, including the ability to give audiences what they want.
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