ERIC Number: EJ1067870
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
Wearing a Rainbow Bumper Sticker: Experiential Learning on Homophobia, Heteronormativity, and Heterosexual Privilege
Nunn, Lisa M.; Bolt, Sophia C.
Journal of LGBT Youth, v12 n3 p276-301 2015
College campuses are known to be heteronormative environments that often foster heterosexism and homophobia. There is a broad call for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) awareness-building curricula as one avenue for positive change in campus climates. This study interrogates the effects of an experiential learning activity where students were tasked with wearing a rainbow bumper sticker on their person for 24 hours. The aim was to inspire deep learning through self-reflection on experiences of discomfort. Students positively rated the activity for helping them recognize how homophobia influences conformity to heterosexual norms; recognize heterosexual privilege; and empathize with others who hold nonnormative sexual identities.
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Social Attitudes, Social Bias, College Environment, Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation, Experiential Learning, Consciousness Raising, Empathy, Undergraduate Students, Church Related Colleges, Catholics, Sociology, Journal Writing, Anxiety, Coping
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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