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Lesbian Cinderella and other stories: telling tales and researching sexualities equalities in primary school

Cullen, Fin and Teague, Laura. 2009. Lesbian Cinderella and other stories: telling tales and researching sexualities equalities in primary school. Sex Education, 9(2), pp. 141-154. ISSN 1468-1811 [Article]

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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.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/14681810902829513

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
2 May 2009Published

Item ID:

16720

Date Deposited:

16 Feb 2016 17:03

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 09:56

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/16720

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