Homosexual Stigma and Sex Education Term Paper by Nicky

Homosexual Stigma and Sex Education
A look at including homosexuality as a subject in sex education classes.
# 149012 | 1,053 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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This paper examines the difficulty in including issues of homosexuality and gender identity in the mainstream sex education program in public high schools. The paper considers various reasons why this is necessary but impossible, the most obvious being negative stigmatization of homosexual students. Additionally, the paper describes the research methods used for this study and an analysis of the findings. The paper concludes by stating that until society changes with respect to its values and norms that are responsible for anti-gay prejudices, the prospect of success of any sexual education program in public schools modeled after those traditional sexual education classes offered in school is very low.


Research Methods
Discussion of Findings
Conclusion and Recommendations

From the Paper:

"The research for this project consisted of: (1) primary research in the form of an interview with Courtney Jones of Wingspan, a Tucson Arizona organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights; and (2) secondary research in the form of a review of scholarly literature on the subject of (a) social stigma, and (b) the psychological issues arising in connection with acknowledging homosexuality and non-traditional gender identities in contemporary society. That secondary research consisted of a review of one scholarly, peer-reviewed journal article, two undergraduate Sociology textbooks, an undergraduate Psychology textbook authored by a world-renowned theoretical psychologist and professor of human psychology, and a non-fiction sociological trade book titled Stigma and Sexual Orientation: Understanding Prejudice against Lesbians, Gay Men and Bisexuals by Gregory Herek (1998). "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gerrig, R., and Zimbardo, P. Psychology and Life. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Allyn & Bacon, 2007.
  • Henslin, J. Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2002.
  • Herek, G.M. Stigma and Sexual Orientation: Understanding Prejudice against Lesbians, Gay Men and Bisexuals. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1998.
  • Jones, C. Wingspan, 2009.
  • Macionis, J. Sociology 9th Ed New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2003.

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