Sex in the School: Adolescent Sexuality, Sexual Space and Sex Education in Marzipan

  • Dorottya Rédai
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


This chapter starts exploring young people’s sexuality. First, respondents’ start of sexual activity, ideas and practices about contraception and STI prevention, and experiences of sexual abuse are discussed. She also reflects on challenges with finding LGBT respondents. Then she discusses how sexuality is present in the physical space of Marzipan and argues that schools are a space for sexual activities, not only a space for the constitution of sexual subjectivities, and that school is a specific sexual space that disrupts the public/private divide. The following section introduces institutional sex education policies and practices in Hungarian schools. Rédai problematizes sex education in Marzipan from a methodological perspective and argues that sex education can reproduce social inequalities by addressing only specific issues of sexuality and students with specific subjectivities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorottya Rédai
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  1. 1.Department of Gender StudiesCentral European UniversityBudapestHungary

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