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Not My Kid: What Parents Believe about the Sex Lives of Their Teenagers Paperback – Aug 13 2012

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Not My Kid is an engaging and incisive contribution to contemporary debates over youth and sexuality education. As Elliott debunks prevailing myths about parents, kids, and the talk about sex, a new picture emerges in which parents navigate and contribute to a broad social context characterized by ambivalence, anxiety, and persistent inequalities. Elliott helps readers appreciate the need for social policies that confront the culture of fear surrounding young people s sexuality and bolster parents efforts to support their children s development as sexual beings. -Jessica Fields, author of "Risky Lessons: Sex Education and Social Inequality""

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A wonderful book! June 27 2013
By Joslyn J Brenton - Published on
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Sinikka Elliott provides wonderful insight into how parents think about their kids' sex lives. This book benefits academics and parents alike. A must read!
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Teenagers and sex Jan. 1 2013
By Wabbit98 - Published on
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Sex education has been a divisive topic in schools ever since it was first introduced. Originally introduced to help new immigrants become more American and learn things the proper way; instead it has become a battleground between two different groups. Those that are considered more liberal, who believe in educating teenagers in sex; and the more conservative side that endorses an abstinence until marriage ideal. In this book Sinikka Elliott goes a different route than most books, she does not look at teenagers themselves; but instead takes a look at the parents of teenagers, how they view sex, sex education, and their children as sexual beings. What she finds is that parents can be at times ambivalent, demanding, and strangely contradictory. That they do not believe their children could be interested in sex, but knowing it will probably happen. Many people are happy at times that school takes the burden off of talking about sex education amongst their peers.

Not perfect this book is another entry in the long debate about sex in America. This book might not change minds of many people; it is highly informative and extremely important to read. It brings a mirror to our society, an image that we need to closely examine and see if we like what we see.