"...I can imagine many people -- especially parents -- asking me if I am actually proposing either divorcing sex from ideology or even worse, advocating that teenagers engage in promiscuous sex. I cannot say that I am, although I would prefer to live in a culture with entirely different values regarding sexuality. What I am proposing for the here and now, however, is that parents and teachers and librarians and literary critics take serious looks at the ideological intent behind most of the YA novels published with the seeming intent of validating teenagers' self-assurance about human sexuality. Most YA novels about teenage sexuality have at best conflicting ideology and at worse repressive ideology that both reflects and perpetuates Western culture's confused sexual mores. But the very existence of these repressive ideologies demonstrates that sexuality is a locus of power for adolescents. If it were not, adults would feel no need to regulate teenagers' sexuality."
(P 95-96, Trites, 2000)
Do you agree or disagree? What do you think?
Citation: Trites, R. S. 2000. Chapter 4 - "All of a sudden I came": Sex and Power in Adolescent Novels in Disturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent Literature. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City.