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1965: why the need for a sex information and education council of the united states as a new, separate organization.

... Why indeed? The answers to these questions would be as numerous, and as varied, as the three-dozen directors of SIECUS. These directors selected for their professional achievements, are leaders who are associated with a wide number of fields and a variety of organizations already concerned with aspects of human sexuality. Why, then, have they chosen to lend commitment and personal prestige to SIECUS? Because it is their conviction that a new organizational approach--a council, a community of interests--is needed now "to establish man's sexuality as a healthy entity ... to dignify it by openness of approach, study, and scientific research designed to lead toward its understanding and its freedom from exploitation...."

Existing organizations--tick them off--have an established public reputation for a given point of view about sexuality ... and with that point of view they contribute to public understanding. But, in every case, their program responsibilities necessarily focus around or go beyond human sexuality per se. SIECUS objectives focus sharply and directly on it. By the very nature of the SIECUS Board, unity results only from a common positive, open, scientific approach to human sexual behavior. There is advocacy not for a solution, but for more education and research, and for a climate of open dialogue that may enable solutions in time to be arrived at.

In effect, SIECUS holds, as a director has said, that "sex education, in the best sense today, means training people emotionally and intellectually to be able to make intelligent and well-informed choices among an array of competing alternatives." This task begins with training the teachers themselves. And SIECUS is ready to supplement this important function of colleges, universities, and a wide number of organizations. But, for such education to win acceptance and implementation, broad-spectrum interests must join hands--in council--to document common concern and the capacity for united efforts....

Excerpted from SIECUS Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 1, February, 1965.

Wallace Fulton, M.P.H., Founding Board Member
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Title Annotation:40 Years of Action SIECUS on SIECUS; Sex Information and Education Council of the United States
Author:Member, Founding Board
Publication:SIECUS Report
Date:Mar 22, 2004
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