Integrating Sexual Pleasure for Quality & Inclusive Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Kristen Mark, Esther Corona-Vargas, Mariana Cruz

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The lack of inclusion of sexual pleasure in comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) could be detrimental to sexual development, misses opportunities for inclusive education, and may have a long-term impact on sexual well-being. The WAS’ Declaration on Sexual Pleasure provides the opportunity to advocate for pleasure as an indispensable part of CSE. Specifically, the inclusion of pleasure in CSE will positively impact six outcomes: traditional risk-reduction, cultivating healthy relationships, celebration of sexual diversity, exercise of sexual rights, empowerment, and consent, and prevention of gender-based sexual violence. Messages of sexual pleasure are crucial for sexuality education to be comprehensive, effective, and inclusive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)555-564
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021

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  • Sexuality education
  • comprehensive sex ed
  • inclusion
  • sexual pleasure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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