A Queer Sexuality Education: The Possibilities and Impossibilities of Knowing

Rudoe, N. 2023. A Queer Sexuality Education: The Possibilities and Impossibilities of Knowing. in: Rodriguez, N.M., Mizzi, R.C., Allen, L. and Cover, R. (ed.) Queer Studies and Education: An International Reader Oxford University Press.

Chapter titleA Queer Sexuality Education: The Possibilities and Impossibilities of Knowing
AuthorsRudoe, N.
EditorsRodriguez, N.M., Mizzi, R.C., Allen, L. and Cover, R.
Abstract

This chapter examines queer theoretical ideas in relation to English school policy and practice in relationships and sex education. It first analyses the policy context for teaching about sexuality, with the statutory Relationships and Sex Education guidance of 2019 replacing previous guidance dating from 2000. It then uses queer theoretical, sociological and psychological work to explore and unsettle the notion of childhood innocence, and examines uncertainties around knowledge being ‘age appropriate’. It goes on to discuss the broad shift from a sole focus on anti-homophobic education to an approach which seeks to challenge heteronormativity in schools. Finally, it offers up the potential of a queer sexuality education as one which embraces diversity, recognises uncertainty and complexity, and enables wider possibilities for children.

Keywordsrelationships and sex education
schools
sexuality
queer
children
Book titleQueer Studies and Education: An International Reader
Year2023
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication dates
Published25 Oct 2023
ISBN9780197687000

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