Tom Inglis is a lecturer in sociology in University College Dublin.
Provides a clear, easily read, analysis of the issues involved in teaching young people about sexuality. It describes the deep divisions that exist in the way Irish people see, understand and relate to sex.
Being taught to be chaste and modest
learning to be independent and responsible
being encouraged to be sexual
shaping young people's sexuality
the views of parents, teachers and pupils
putting contradictions into context.
"An easy to read and often surprising examination of the Relationships and Sexuality Education programme in Irish schools, and the fierce debate it has produced."
Sunday Tribune Nov 1998
"the book is an intriguing examination of what is shaping Irish teenagers' sexuality. ...On Inglis's own admission, Lessons in Irish Sexuality does ‘not resolve any of these issues', but it places the sort of questions parents will be asking in a useful and informative context."
Jackie Bourke Irish Times Nov 1998
"Hooray and well done UCD Press for the provocative (but 100% accurate) title and the-shocking pink cover design"
Books Ireland Nov 1998