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Homosexuality, homophobia and the aggressiveness of curse words: its use in the school sexual education

The use of swear words may generate violence and even murder at school. Many teachers and families report having difficulty in dealing with it. 90% of the swear word aggressiveness refers to the offended person's and/or to hers or his family's sexuality, especially to the mother, and to homosexuality. Many of the sex education books do not even refer to homosexuality and, in none of them were found contents related to swear words. The religious discourse contributes to increase the possibilities of punishment rather than to understand and accept the individual who is the offended one. Our research has studied young state school boys in the outskirts between the age of 9 and 14, aiming to check the usage of swear words, the offense itself, the expressed and understood connotation, more specifically relative to homophobia mechanisms among teenagers at school. The unconcern in relation to the use of swear words contributes to homophobia and aggressiveness at school.

homophobia; homosexuality; swear word; sex education; psycho-pedagogical project


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