A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (via Family Inequality) reveals that boys report less sex education than girls.

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What teenagers report learning from school:

What teenagers report learning from their parents:

Compared to boys, then, girls report more guidance from school and significantly more from their parents. This probably reflects cultural ideas that boys naturally desire sex, have a positive sense of their own sexuality, and that nothing really bad can happen to them; in contrast, the risk that sex poses to girls' reputations and the possibility of sexual violence and pregnancy often shape how educators and parents manage their emerging sexualities.

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Or it might be an artifact of self-reporting. Thoughts?

This post originally appeared on Sociological Images. Republished with permission.



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