Sex (ed), the Movie

Sex (ed), the Movie

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A revealing, occasionally awkward, and often hilarious look at how Americans have learned about sex from the early 1900s to the present. Using clips from an astounding array of sex ed films, this captures what it was like for the kids - confusion, shock, embarrassment - and as well for those doing the educating.
Branch Call Number: DVD 372.372 Sex
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 76 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
video file,DVD video,region 1
Additional Contributors: Goodman, Brenda


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Feb 10, 2019

A very good overview of the sad state of affairs that is sex education. The films (and I can remember seeing some of these) were primarily intended to scare children into conforming to what the religious mainstream believed (and still promotes) about the topic.

Jan 19, 2017

Alternately funny, cringeworthy, and infuriating, these educational hygiene films were not so concerned with teaching kids about their bodies as they were with drilling the idea of conformity into their little heads. Boys were taught about the wonders of owning a willy, girls got lessons in menstruation and shame, and everyone learned about the big bad homosexual. Sadly, as the pendulum swings, those naïve reels from the 40s and 50s may seem downright scandalous in the coming years.

Aug 11, 2016

Movie tag-line - "How did you learn about sex?"

Believe me - Whether you're a pro, a prude, a pervert, or a peasant - Sex education (definitely) benefits all.

Even though I seriously thought that way too many "talking heads" popped up (far too often) in this otherwise intriguing "human-sexuality" documentary - Once the vintage "sex education" film-clips started rolling (especially the ones from the 40's, 50's and 60's), I was more than satisfied while watching Sex (Ed): The Movie.

From discussing such pressing and all-important topics as - nocturnal emissions, VD, menstruation, and, of course, "putting it" inside her - This enlightening, informative, and, yes, often hilarious presentation will certainly open your eyes to how attitudes towards sexuality have changed (or have they?) over the past 70 years (and not always for the better).

P.S. - If you're looking for a laugh (and a bit of a shock, as well) - Just wait till you see the sex-ed film-clips (from the early-1940's) that were specifically geared to the sexual guidance of men in the military.

(*Be sure to watch brief Video-clip*)

Jul 29, 2015

interesting doc of the history of sex ed in the US. sadly, there is less good information available in the schools now than there ever was - it seems that things have gone backwards with religious based groups receiving most of the funding.

kevfarley Jul 29, 2015

Great background material on the official sexuality.
Its amazing that we're as healthy as we are now !

Makes me grateful that I was born in time for the sexual revolution, and the liberation of The Pill !!

KittyMoonshine May 03, 2015

Amusing look on how sex ed is taught in American schools. Unfortunately, the programs have progressed very little since the early days.

Apr 22, 2015

This is NOT the movie with Haley Joel Osment

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