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ERIC Number: EJ797188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
Reading Gender Relations and Sexuality: Preteens Speak Out
Moffatt, Lyndsay; Norton, Bonny
Canadian Journal of Education, v31 n1 p102-123 2008
Recent research has documented the persistence of unequal gender relations and homophobia in young people's lives. Feminist post-structural theories of gender and socio-cultural theories of learning suggest educators need to understand students' constructions of gender relations, masculine/feminine desires, and sexuality if they hope to challenge these behaviors. In this article, we examine a diverse group of 47 preteens' constructions of gender relations, masculine/feminine desires, and sexuality, using a survey, a story from the popular comic "Archie", and individual interviews. We found that although participants produced feminist and patriarchal constructions of gender relations, they constructed masculine and feminine sexuality as uniformly heterosexual. [Abstract provided in both English and French.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada