Call for papers! I’m co-editing a special issue of a sex ed journal on the topic of media’s evolving role in sex ed. Please share with friends or colleagues who might be interested. Deadline: October 24th.
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Do you have kids and teens in your life with questions about how to navigate raising them in the world of internet porn tube sites, snapchat, sexting, as well as misinformation in sex ed programs? Expert Logan Levkoff, Ph.D. can help and she’s on my show tomorrow. Call in live with your questions, or e-mail them to me at email@example.com and I’ll read it on the air!
Any poly families either with children or in a MMF setup based in the UK? A TV production company in London is doing a documentary about loving relationships and they’re looking for people in a multi-relationship. From the producer: “The tone of the programme is one of sensitivity and the desire to promote and show people in love.” There will be compensation for your time.
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Guest Editors: Alan McKee, Sara Bragg, and Tristan Taormino
The entertainment media have long been identified as having a key role to play in education about sex and relationships.
All too often, however, in studies of sexual learning the media have been assessed for their potentially negative effects on young people. For example, studies have correlated consumption of particular media forms with early sexual intercourse or teenage pregnancy, while parents and schools have been seen as providing a positive corrective.
Empirical research shows that this simple binary is not always accurate: in some instances entertainment media may offer positive information and representations while school or parents often offer more moralizing or conservative perspectives. For example, a young person growing up in a homophobic family may see happy queer characters in a sitcom; or young people attending a school that emphasizes young women’s role as gatekeepers and controllers of men’s sexuality may find helpful TV dramas that explore women’s active sexual agency.
This Special Issue of the journal Sex Education will engage with these and related concerns, pausing to take stock of where we are now, especially with respect to the positive role that old and newer forms of media can play in learning about sex.
Papers may focus on any aspect of the entertainment media, and on any aspect of healthy sexual development – including, but not limited to, open communication about sex, assertiveness, sexual agency, sexual identity, or an acceptance that sex can be pleasurable.
Submission Deadline: 24th October, 2014 Articles for the Special Issue will be subject to normal peer review in line with the procedures of the journal. For more information on how to submit your paper, please visit the instructions for authors tab on the journal website.
When you submit your paper will be asked whether you are submitting for a Special Issue. Please use the pull-down menu to note that you are submitting your paper for the Special Issue The Media’s Evolving Role in Sex Education. Please also note in the manuscript of your article that you are submitting it for this Special Issue.
If you are not sure whether your article is appropriate for this Special Issue, please feel free to send an abstract in the first instance to Alan McKee.
Ed. Note: I’m excited to present this guest post by Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, authors of the new book, Partners in Passion.
"Long-term couples that have satisfying sex make relationship a priority. They may explore various forms of open relating or kink, which are typically downplayed or ignored in the ‘marriage in crisis’ genre, or they may be vanilla and monogamous. What these couples have in common is a dedication to maintaining their erotic connection."
Guest post on Pucker Up by authors Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson
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