World Far From Reaching Global Norm On Sex Education
Washington Post: Sex education is a global dividing line between liberals and conservatives
Jonathan Zimmerman, professor at New York University
“…[The International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994] endorsed equal access to education for girls. It also demanded ‘reproductive rights’ — including rights to contraception and information about sex — for adolescents of both genders. Two decades later, girls’ education has expanded steadily around the globe. But sex education has stalled. … On issues of sex and reproduction, it’s not East vs. West anymore. It’s liberals vs. conservatives, each of which often have more in common with their ideological soulmates in other parts of the world than they do with people next door. … [W]e’re no closer to a global norm on sex education. We might even be further from it” (8/31).