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ERIC Number: EJ1051227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1338-1563
Heteronormativity: School, Ideology, and Politics
Ceplak, Metka Mencin
Journal of Pedagogy, v4 n2 p162-187 Dec 2013
This article analyzes discomfort about sexuality expressed in formal education. It draws on Foucault's analysis of sexuality as a privileged object of biopolitics (the object of regulation, surveillance, and discipline) and the most instrumentalized element in power relations in the Western world. Related to this is also the pedagogization of child sexuality, which even today is still characterized by ambiguities and discomfort. The author concludes that silence about non-hetero-sexualities and the biomedicalization and physicalization of (homo)sexuality are the most common and obvious symptoms of discomfort about (homo)sexuality in Slovenian schools. These manners of treating sexuality are usually interpreted as neutral, but the author interprets them as strategies of conflict avoidance which in fact support a heteronormative social order and (implicitly or explicitly) even legitimize the exclusion of all who cross the boundaries of "normal heterosexuality." They strengthen prejudice, motivate ignorance, and can even be used as an excuse for violence. The article points out that education does not provide a magic formula since it cannot foresee its own effects due to the complexity of social relations and the nature of the education process (e.g. Millot, 1983).
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Identifiers - Location: Slovenia
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