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Hiding hot topics: science, sex and schooling in British Columbia, 1910-1916

Between the years 1910-1916, the Vancouver Medical Association was responsible for
designing a sex education program for the British Columbia Public School System.
Through the course of the committee's work, the Vancouver Medical Association Sex
Hygiene Committee (VMASHC) familiarised themselves with the teachings of the Sex
Hygiene movement. The program which they recommend for implementation can be
seen as representative of the second stage of North American sex education which
advocated the teaching of sex education from the standpoint of biology. The VMASHC
can be seen as a pioneer in the effort to teach sex education within Canadian schooling.
Considerable time is spent contextualizing and explaining the impetus for the creating
the first sex education program in British Columbia. The historical conditions and
constraints involved in the birth of sex education are considered. It is argued that the
social and political climate of early Vancouver played a direct role in influencing the
VMASHC's final creation of what they called "a new line" of sex education in B.C. / Arts, Faculty of / Anthropology, Department of / Graduate
Date05 1900
CreatorsSwann, Michelle
Source SetsUniversity of British Columbia
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeText, Thesis/Dissertation
Format6893079 bytes, application/pdf
RightsFor non-commercial purposes only, such as research, private study and education. Additional conditions apply, see Terms of Use

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