Harmful to Minors:

the Perils of Protecting Children from Sex

by Judith Levine

(University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2002)


One of the most courageous and controversial books in recent years. One potential publisher told the author her manuscript was "radioactive," and after publication religious fanatics attempted to promote a boycott of the University of Minnesota! But this well-documented book has ultimately won the battle against sex hysteria. The author reveals that "abstinence only" school programs and similar policies promoted by the federal government fail to protect young people from such things as early (unwanted) pregnancy, and in some cases such miseducation has led to increased rates of early sex. (There is similar evidence that "Good Touch-Bad Touch" lessons have led to reduced reporting of sex abuse.) There is also a Foreword by Dr. Joycelyn M. Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General, who was forced to resign after she openly advocated more reasonable sex education. A must read!