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ERIC Number: EJ865865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1811
Lesbian Cinderella and Other Stories: Telling Tales and Researching Sexualities Equalities in Primary School
Cullen, Fin; Sandy, Laura
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v9 n2 p141-154 May 2009
This article provides a critical account of a selection of approaches that were used in the 26-month No Outsiders participatory action research project in education settings. The paper questions what challenges are presented to educators in critically exploring and challenging heteronormative sex-gender discourses. We revisit some of the tensions in undertaking a project of this kind, by exploring data episodes as vignettes to highlight the recuperative nature of heteronormativity. The paper's title originates in one of the author's dramatic persona of Cindy, a Lesbian Cinderella. We critically reflect on this creation, acknowledge Cindy's potential, and query the characters' capacity to even briefly "trouble" heteronormative discourses in action within the classroom. Finally, we argue that pupils' multiple and shifting subjectivities, and understandings of these discourses offered by such pedagogic interventions, provides an arena for children to resist, reappropriate and challenge such figures that move beyond bounds of heteronormative sex-gender discourses. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom