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The article presents the results of studies focused on the presentation of body and sexual behavior messages in textbooks to the subject “Education for family life” (WDŻ). The aim of research was to determine how the physicality of boys and girls in the context of physical appearance and beauty is deﬁned in these books, what pattern of appearance, beauty and sexual behavior of girls and boys is presented and what meanings are assigned in addition to physicality and sexuality. The study was conducted using a qualitative content analysis strategies including text analysis techniques and arbitrary selection of research sample. The analysis included all the sexual education textbooks to the subject “Education for family life” approved for teaching process at all levels of education by the Ministry of National Education in the years 2013-2015. The analyses of the publications showed that the presented constructs are strongly connected to the traditionally deﬁned femininity and masculinity patterns. The model presented in textbooks is based on the idea of the dualism of sexes and the perspective of essentialism and shows the physicality and sexuality of young women and men in reference to the simpliﬁed images having its source in gender stereotypes, thus limiting the diversity of needs and attitudes. Based on that, we can observe a consolidation of the pattern of female sexuality entangled in emotions and dependent on men and the pattern of male sexuality dominated by sexual drive which improper realization depends mostly on women.