Sex Education versus Sexual Learning

  • Elizabeth J. Roberts
Part of the Women in Context book series (WICO)


In this article, Ms. Roberts describes the need for a reconceptualization of “sexuality” and issues related to sexual development and sexual learning. She calls for a fuller examination of the breadth of human experience relevant to understanding sexuality and goes on to suggest that learning about sexuality is a lifelong process. Sexual learning occurs in many environments, and much of the learning that influences how we experience and express our sexuality is informal, indirect, and unintentional. In brief, Ms. Roberts believes that “sexuality is more than sex” and that learning about sexuality is more than sex education.


Human Sexuality Lifelong Process Sexual Message Prime Time Television American Future 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth J. Roberts
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Population Education, Inc.CambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Project on Human Sexual DevelopmentCambridgeUSA

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