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dc.contributor.author Smith, Meghan Ruth en
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-13T21:01:42Z en
dc.date.available 2016-01-10T05:00:25Z en
dc.date.issued 2015 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/142252 en
dc.description.abstract Tennessee has used an abstinence-only policy since 1991. The state amended the legislation in 2012 with the Gateway Sexual Activity Act, which makes it difficult for educators to discuss any aspect of sexuality aside from abstinence. I consider how regulations set by the Gateway Act obscure conditions with consequences for youth sexuality. I use interpretive policy analysis to closely read the language of the text against itself. My analysis focuses on themes of conformity, choosing abstinence, stigmatizing pleasure, denying sexual subjectivity, viewing puberty through a gendered biological reductionist perspective, and avoiding risk. I argue the Gateway Sexual Activity Act is an example of state-level sexuality education policy that perpetuates social marginalization by not fostering an environment hospitable to conversations about social disparities and youth empowerment. en
dc.format.extent vi, 38 leaves en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher San Francisco State University en
dc.rights Copyright by Meghan Ruth Smith, 2015 en
dc.source AS36 2015 HMSX .S65 en
dc.subject Sex instruction for children -- Law and legislation -- Tennessee. en
dc.subject Sex instruction for youth -- Law and legislation -- Tennessee. en
dc.subject Sexual abstinence -- Study and teaching -- Tennessee. en
dc.title Tennessee's gateway sexual activity act : hinging success on comformity en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.embargoterms 6 months en
dc.contributor.department Sexuality Studies en


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