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Jan. 29, 2009
4:00-4:00 p.m.
Special Collections

Dr. Debra Curtis --
Pleasures and Perils: Girls' Sexuality in a Caribbean Consumer Culture

Dr. Debra CurtisDr. Debra Curtis, Assistant Professor Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will talk about her book Pleasures and Perils in McKillop Library on January 29 at 4:00 p.m.

The book is based on her research, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, on the sexual behavior of young girls living on Nevis, an island society in the Eastern Caribbean. "In this provocative ethnography, Debra Curtis examines their sexuality in gripping detail: why do Nevisian girls engage in sexual activity at such young ages? Where is the line between coercion and consent? How does a desire for wealth affect a girl's sexual practices? Curtis shows that girls are often caught between conflicting discourses of Christian teachings about chastity, public health cautions about safe sex, and media enticements about consumer delights." From book description, Rutgers University Press.

The program is co-sponsored by
the Office of Academic Affairs and McKillop Library.