Under the covers: The complexities of sex role stereotyping in the classroom practices of three Ontario sexuality education teachers

Adinne Schwartz
Literature indicates that sex role stereotyping in the sexuality education classroom is a pervasive problem in three primary areas: sexual responsibility, sexual orientation and sexual purpose. According to the literature, girls are portrayed as potential victims, with near exclusive sexual responsibility for controlling boys who are irresponsible and sexually aggressive (Rury, 1987). Regarding sexual orientation, queer relationships are ignored and heterosexual relationships are emphasized (Fine, 1988; Lenskyj, 1990). Discussions of sexual purpose (the reasons for...
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