Story: Contraception and sterilisation

Sex education, 1970s style (1st of 2)

Sex education, 1970s style

These sex education booklets were part of a series published by the Department of Health in the 1970s. There was little contraceptive advice in such publications and almost no sex education at school. The conservative view at the time was that if young people were taught about contraception and sex this would encourage them to become sexually active.

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Reference: AAFB 632 W4914 box 223 record 34/9/35 5 (left); AAFB 632 W4914 box 223 record 34/9/35 4 (right)

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How to cite this page:

Jane Tolerton, 'Contraception and sterilisation - Information about contraceptives', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/27000/sex-education-1970s-style (accessed 24 October 2021)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Dec 2018