Pleasure and desire have been important components of the vision for sexuality education for over 20 years. This book argues that there has been a lack of scrutiny over the political motivations that underpin research supportive of pleasure and desire within comprehensive sexuality education. In this volume, key researchers in the field consider how discourses related to pleasure and desire have been taken up internationally. They argue that sexuality education is clearly shaped by specific cultural and political contexts, and examine how these contexts have shaped the development of pleasure’s inclusion in such programs. Via such discussions, this volume incites a re-configuration of thought regarding sexuality education’s approach to pleasure and desire.

chapter |11 pages


Putting Pleasure Under Pressure
ByLouisa Allen, Mary Lou Rasmussen, Kathleen Quinlivan

chapter |23 pages

Over-Sexed and Under Surveillance

Adolescent Sexualities, Cultural Anxieties, and Thick Desire
BySara I. McClelland, Michelle Fine

chapter |22 pages

‘Get Some Rhythm Round the Clitoris'

Addressing Sexual Pleasure in Sexuality Education in Schools and other Youth Settings
ByJulia Hirst

chapter |21 pages

A Well-Kept Secret

Sex Education, Masturbation, and Public Health
ByRoger Ingham

chapter |17 pages

“What's Wrong with Porn?”

Engaging with Contemporary Painting to Explore the Commodification of Pleasure in Sexuality Education
ByKathleen Quinlivan

chapter |20 pages

Sacred Pleasure

Exploring Dimensions of Sexual Pleasure and Desire from an Islamic Perspective
ByFida Sanjakdar

chapter |21 pages

Introducing a Critical Pedagogy of Sexual and Reproductive Citizenship

Extending the ‘Framework of Thick Desire'
ByCatriona Macleod, Louise Vincent

chapter |17 pages

The Hard Work of Pleasure

BySharon Lamb

chapter |16 pages

Pleasure/Desire, Sexularism, and Sexuality Education

ByMary Lou Rasmussen

chapter |17 pages

Pleasure's Perils?

Critically Reflecting on Pleasure's Inclusion in Sexuality Education
ByLouisa Allen

chapter |9 pages


Engaging with the Politics of Pleasure in Sexuality Education: Affordances and Provocations
ByKathleen Quinlivan, Louisa Allen, Mary Lou Rasmussen