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Book: Explorations in Women, Rights, and Religions

Chapter: Examining Competing Claims in the Dialogue over Sex Education in Ontario: Women, Rights and Religion

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38844


In this article, I will examine some of the forces at play due to the introduction of a new sex education curriculum in the province of Ontario. The article examines the recent debate over sex education in Ontario through the lenses of women, rights and religion. It seeks to problematize all three lenses as well as to show how the three categories intersect. It also endeavours to expose some of the power dynamics in the debate. It suggests that we need to find better ways to interrogate religion in the public sphere than either simply accepting or condemning its presence.

Chapter Contributors

  • Pamela Dickey Young ( - pdickey) 'Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario'