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MEYER, Dagmar E. Estermann; KLEIN, Carin  and  ANDRADE, Sandra dos Santos. Sexuality, pleasures and vulnerabilities: educational implications. Educ. rev. [online]. 2007, n.46, pp. 219-239. ISSN 0102-4698.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-46982007000200009.

In the western cultures we live, more explicit and acutely than in other times, love and sexuality has been signified as inseparable dimensions of human life. Their pleasurable realization has been presented not only as a right of all human beings but as an imperative under all of us are submitted. We are valuated, classified and ranked as more or less wealthy and healthy through these imperatives. In this regard, it is important to detail a discourse that reiterates, every day, that being happy involves, among other things, work, love and complete realization of happiness. Some of the most important ingredients to assure happiness and pleasure in these domains were precisely "escaping from routine", "innovating", "experimenting new sensations" - take a look in self-help books, magazines and TV programs about this thematic, especially those addressed to youth. Taking this cultural context as reference, under the perspectives of post-structuralist cultural studies and gender studies, this paper points to the challenges that are presented to educators, especially to those who (at school) show themselves willing to work with themes related to gender and sexuality under the point of view of vulnerability.

Keywords : Health Education in School; Gender and Sexuality; Vulnerability.

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