ERIC Number: EJ1106087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Learning That "Gay Is Okay": Educators and Boys Re/Constituting Heteronormativity through Sexual Health
Slovin, L. J.
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v16 n5 p520-533 2016
In this paper, I draw on observations from sexual health workshops in an elementary school classroom in Vancouver, Canada and friendship pair interviews with four boys who attended the workshops. I examine how the educators organising the workshops constructed sexual health, highlighting their reliance on both a "gay is okay" and a scientific discourse. I argue that by locating their discussion of homosexuality within a values framework and striving to depict gay relationships as acceptable, they simultaneously constituted homosexuality as "requiring" acceptance. Likewise, by subsuming references to heterosexuality within their lesson on (hetero)sexual reproduction, they framed heterosexuality as an always already accepted scientific fact. Having set the scene in this way, I then explore the ways the boys both took up and deviated from these discourses when constructing their own narratives.
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Workshops, Sex Education, Health Education, Elementary School Students, Males, Interviews, Friendship, Elementary School Teachers, Discourse Analysis, Behavior Standards, Social Behavior, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Vancouver)