Let's Talk About the Birds, Not the Bees

Sex Education for a Flourishing Life

  • Grace Gecewicz

Abstract

Just as math and history classes aim to prepare students to do math and history well, sex education must prepare students to participate in good sex that contributes to their overall flourishing. I reject David Archard’s autonomy-centered view of sex education because it fails to address deeply ingrained social inequalities. I deny Paula McAvoy’s mutuality-centered view of sex education because mutuality and consent are not sufficient for good sex. I draw on Quil Kukla’s work on sexual negotiation and claim that for sex to be good, we must engage in communicative sex that goes beyond consent. Therefore, sex education should not only instruct students how to avoid bad sex, but also enable students to participate in good sex that contributes to their overall flourishing.

Published
2020-04-14
How to Cite
Gecewicz, G. (2020). Let’s Talk About the Birds, Not the Bees: Sex Education for a Flourishing Life. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 13(1), 84-95. https://doi.org/10.33043/S.13.84-95
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