Sexuality and Gender
"At Risk Youth"
o young people whose background places them "at risk" of future offending or
victimization due to environmental, social, and family conditions that hinder their
personal development and successful integration into society and the economy
o proposes that the self identity and behaviour of individuals may be determined or
influenced by the terms used to describe or classify them
o associated with concepts of self-fullfilling prophecy and stereotyping
o we tend to have a lot of data on "at risk" youth having sex, perpetuating the
effects of labeling theory
o if we have no data on other youth, how do we know they aren't having sex too?
o oral sex is becoming a huge interest, seen as the domain of "troubled" girls
Why is there so much monitoring of girls' sexuality?
o Judeo-Christian mythology
o maintains the status quo
o taking religious ideals and turning it into scientific vocabulary
o the idea proposed by Todd Akin that women who are "legitimately" raped can't
get pregnant because the female body has self-defense measures to "shut the
whole thing down"
o many doctors concur and back him up
if pregnancy, STI's, etc were really the concern