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ERIC Number: EJ834471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1811
"I Have a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore": A British Gay Educator's Reconstructed Life-History Account of School
Vicars, Mark
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v5 n3 p269-279 Aug 2005
In this paper, I reflect on how the culture of schooling that I experienced throughout the 1970s and early 1980s scaffolded a formative awareness of sexual difference. Quinlivan and Town have pointed out that "School communities seldom have to move beyond the personal deficit model in attempting to meet the needs of Lesbian and Gay youth" (Quinlivan & Town, 1999, p.251). In reconstructing the memories of those days, months and years, I offer a personal account of how schooling reinforces heterosexual identification, through gender display, and situates students in activities where deviation from what is considered and accepted as "normal" is pathologised. I hope to convincingly tell what it felt like to be positioned within institutional discourses that naturalised and rehearsed a collective knowledge about sexuality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)