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sex education
oral sex
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University of Alberta
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Malacad, Brea L
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Hess, Gretchen C. (Educational Psychology)
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De Gara, Chris (Surgery)
Buck, George H. (Educational Psychology)
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Master of Education
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In order to provide comprehensive sexual health education, it is important for teachers and health care professionals to understand trends related to adolescent sexual practices. Anecdotal reports over the past decade indicate that oral sex is becoming an increasingly common and casual activity among adolescent females. to investigate the validity of this claim the author set out to study the oral sex behaviours and related attitudes of Canadian young women. A total of 181 women (ages 18-25 years) completed two anonymous self-report questionnaires: one to gather data about intercourse and oral sex experiences, and the other to assess degree of identification with feminist ideology. Analysis revealed that oral sex and intercourse are equally prevalent among young women and that the two behaviors have similar emotional implications. However, as compared to intercourse, women tend to regard oral sex as less intimate and are significantly less likely to use protection against sexually transmitted infections when engaging in oral sex. The findings indicate that there is no significant relationship between oral sex and feminism, but that some women find fellatio empowering. Trends related to sexual activity as well as implications for school-based sex education programs are discussed.
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