LEARNING ABOUT SEXUALITY
A Practical Beginning
Sondra Zeidenstein and Kirsten Moore (Eds.)
Family planning and reproductive health programs have rarely considered sexuality, gender roles, and power when designing and providing services. These issues are perceived as too private, impossible to change, or sensitive, within the context of clinically oriented service-delivery programs. Despite research on factors affecting contraceptive use, sexually transmitted disease, and unwanted pregnancy, there is still a gap in understanding how these outcomes are affected by the dynamics of sexuality and gender.
Learning About Sexuality is a unique reference tool to address this gap. Chapters describe approaches to understanding the experience of sexuality, presenting both the voices of women in a cultural context and of academics on researching sexuality; bringing sexuality into family planning services, reproductive health interventions, and biomedical research; and challenging entrenched attitudes and behaviour related to sexuality. Throughout, it brings experience from a wide variety of cultures and outlines areas of human interest that, so far, have not been addressed in a programmatic way.
The Population Council/The International Women's Health Coalition, 1996. paper; 404 pp. ISBN 0-878-34085-8 US$20.00
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