Malorie Blackman and Melvin Burgess say teenagers should read books in high school which tackle realistic sexual relationships as well as realistic sex itself. Their argument is that teenagers are going to get their information on sex and what it’s like (or should be like) from somewhere, so the information might as well be provided “within a kind of safe setting”.
You can see the whole article here: http://bit.ly/12Xoyyp.
Do you agree that young adult fiction should have explicit sex scenes in order to teach teenagers what sex is really like? If so, do you think YA novels should then include a defined set of morals and ethics and/or healthy relationships as a sort of compromise? How far is too far, or do you think, as Burgess does, that there should be no limits?
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