ERIC Number: EJ850875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Naming Our Sexual and Sexualized Bodies in the Classroom: And the Important Stuff that Comes after the Colon
Gust, Scott William; Warren, John T.
Qualitative Inquiry, v14 n1 p114-134 2008
This is an essay about what teachers come to know as they struggle to name their historically minoritized, non-normatively sexual and sexualized bodies as teachers in a variety of educational contexts. Regardless of one's opinion on the efficacy of "coming out" in the classroom--and the authors ask the readers to kindly consider the possibility that one might "come out" as heterosexual--it is certain that teachers' bodies are sexual and sexualized. Therefore, what the authors ask the readers to consider is not a question of if they name their sexual and sexualized bodies as teachers but rather how they name their sexual and sexualized bodies as teachers. And not naming counts, too. In this essay, the authors commingle their stories of doing the naming of their sexualized teachers' bodies with a collection of scholarly attempts to name sexual bodies in theory.
Descriptors: Sexual Identity, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Conditions, Classroom Environment, Sexuality, Social Attitudes, Identification (Psychology), Homosexuality, Personal Narratives, Social Theories
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