Child Sexuality: Challenging the Taboos

Weeks before it hits store shelves, a book on America's anxieties about children and sex is already tapping into those very feelings. The book, Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex, has been the target of vitriol on talk radio and conservative websites, and was denounced by the majority leader of the Minnesota house of representatives as promoting the "disgusting victimization of children." Due later this month from the University of Minnesota Press, the book details what author Judith Levine calls "the sexual politics of fear." Drawing on interviews with families and researchers, Levine, a journalist, argues that...

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