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KIRKUS REVIEW

Father Filas stresses the position that sex education is far wider in its concept than sex information as such. Consequently he devotes most of his brief presentation to the extras that form the essentials in an outlook which views sex as sacred. He discusses why a priest should talk about sex, and concomitantly, the meaning of the single life dedicated to God, the symbolism of sex (the body is essentially a symbol of something immaterial within it), the indispensable need of communication and affection between parent and parent, parent and child. Then he turns to more specific matters--when and what to tell, who should tell. His explanations are at a basic, early age level and otherwise leave the parent without specific guidance. There is mention of masturbation and homosexuality, neither approved of but neither to be disregarded, but contraceptives are not discussed at all. Finally the role of the school in sex education is considered, with particular interest in social and health aspects. The overall outlook seems more helpful than the specific guidance and while primarily Catholic in orientation, it is not exclusively so.

Publisher: Prentice-Hall