Louisa Allen

Louisa Allen
University of Auckland · Faculty of Education and Social Work

PhD Education, University of Cambridge

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How does the COVID-19 pandemic shape subjectivity? This paper is concerned with contributing to theorising subjectivity at an ontological level. It draws on a feminist new materialist understanding of subjectivity as an intra-active becoming of human-non-human matter that includes smell. Smellwalks are mobilised to apprehend how subjectivity is alt...
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Is it ethical to want students to become non-queerphobic as an outcome of our teaching? This question is situated within thinking about teaching for social justice. It takes an event where a student challenges a course’s queer pedagogy and thinks with it to expose ‘the inherent paradox of education’. This is the notion that in its desires for indiv...
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This paper explores a form of sensuous methodology known as smellwalks. Smellwalks are a method which require a reorientation of the senses to temporarily emphasize the information received from the nose. During a smellwalk, the researcher employs an active form of smelling to examine their environment that diverges from normal smell perception. In...
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This article explores the schooling experiences of 12 fa’afāfine and fakaleiti who attended an all-boys faith-based secondary school in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Fa’afāfine are Samoan, and fakaleiti Tongans who are assigned male at birth, but enact varying degrees and types of behaviour deemed as feminine. There are currently no in-depth qualitative st...
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Some LGBTTIQA+ students maintain campus is a safe space despite also detailing significant discriminatory practices they have witnessed or experienced there. This article explores this paradox drawing insights from new materialism and geographical research. Predominantly theoretical in orientation, it takes the notion of ‘dwelling with’ from Noora...
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This chapter is concerned with conceptualizing school‐based sexuality education research undertaken around the world in the last 10 years. This conceptualization is guided by two key questions: What kind of sexuality research has predominantly been undertaken in the world in the last 10 years? And, how might it be characterized in terms of where it...
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This article explores an apparent contradiction in LGBTTIQA+ students' narratives around how safe they feel on campus. While declaring they feel ‘safe’ and supported by other students and staff, participants’ narratives contain a myriad of examples indicating they feel ‘unsafe’. These incidents emerge during photo-elicitation interviews where parti...
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This paper is concerned with how teachers manage homophobia at school. It examines how they deal with homophobia directed at students, and instances when teachers become the recipients of homophobia themselves. This dual focus, on teachers as both the perpetrators and recipients of homophobia, adds complexity to existing studies concerning how homo...
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Homophobia is an enduring issue within schooling contexts internationally. This paper attempts to rethinkhomophobia from the perspective of heterosexual students’accounts of bearing witness to it. Within the existing literature it hasbeen LGBTQ students who have held the responsibility for namingand recounting homophobia. This paper re-orients this...
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This paper explores some of the challenges of publishing photographs generated as part of sexuality research. It aims to initiate discussion of these issues to enable sexuality researchers to consider and navigate the use of images in their work. Examples highlighting these difficulties are employed from a photo-method project which examined young...
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Many people are given pause by the word ‘queer.’ For some it prickles with discomfort, resonant of a scene of accusation, insult or injury. Others might have overheard the term and are wondering about its meaning. Is it a word of abuse? A sexual identity label? An umbrella term to describe LGBTI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) comm...
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‘How can we apprehend homophobia as more than we currently know?’ This paper attempts a conceptual intervention to rethink current approaches to homophobia in schools. It draws on ideas from feminist philosopher Todd around attention and openness to uncertainty. It also employs queer theoretical notions of subjectless antihomophobia education from...
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This article attempts to reconceptualize qualitative research around young people, sexuality, and schooling. In a bid to contribute to what has been coined “post-qualitative” research, it grapples with questions of epistemology and ontology which some argue much humanist methodology negates. This discussion is situated within current debates about...
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How might sexuality education respond to cultural and religious diversity? This chapter seeks to conceptually reframe what is often presented as ‘the problem of diversity’ for classroom pedagogy. Rather than posit how cultural and religious diversity might be addressed in sexuality education, an ontological shift is proposed in how this diversity i...
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This chapter proposes that sexuality education research and practice is caught in a cul-de-sac of predictable questions and answers that have constrained its development as an innovative curriculum area and field of research. It argues that this field’s most enduring and pertinent issues are often articulated in a series of regulating binaries such...
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How might we think about employing a feminist new materialist methodology within the field of sexuality education research? This chapter addresses St. Pierre’s (Rethinking the empirical in the posthuman. In C. Taylor & C. Hughes (Eds.), Posthuman research practices in education (pp. 5–24). Houndmills: Palgrave, 2016) questions for post-qualitative...
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This chapter establishes the conceptual underpinnings of the book, providing an explanation of new materialism, queer theory, and their relationship. It also charts the theoretical relationship between post-humanism, feminism, and new materialism. As well as explaining how this book is both new materialist and queer, the chapter highlights how Bara...
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This chapter is concerned with understanding how young people live religion, culture, and sexuality between home and school. It describes how Chana, a 16-year-old Muslim woman, makes sense of meanings about sexuality from her African family and school-based sexuality education. The chapter rethinks dominant framings of this experience, where youth...
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This chapter contributes to the mapping of a ‘new’ ontology of sexuality at school. Drawing on feminist new materialist thinking from Barad (Meeting the universe halfway: Quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning, Duke University Press, 2007), Bennett (Political Theory, 32(3), 347–372, 2004), and Lenz Taguchi (International Journal...
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What ‘newness’ does a new materialist engagement with photos of ‘nothing’ produce for thinking about images as data in research about sexuality at school? Unusually, this chapter takes as its focus photos of what appear to be nothing. These indecipherable photos were captured by student photo-diarists as part of research into the Sexual Cultures of...
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This final chapter presents propositions for sexuality education as a means of offering a never(end)ing to the book. According to Manning, propositions are proposals about how things might be, rather than descriptions or pronouncements about what is, and subsequently work to leave the book open-ended. Cumulatively, the chapters are presented as que...
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This book aims to explore what queer thinking and new materialist feminist thought might offer the field of sexuality education. It argues that queer theory in education might be queered further by drawing on feminist new materialism and extending itself to subjects beyond sexual and gender identities/issues, including a focus on ‘things’. Allen ex...
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The Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education draws together a vibrant collection of writings from around the globe that highlight key debates and signal new developments in the field of critical sexuality education studies (Plummer 2008). A volume of over pages and 32 contributions, involving 56 sexuality researchers, it is one of the first handboo...
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Myths and ignorance regarding intersexuality sometimes result in intersex bodies inhabiting the space of the ‘embarrassing other’ in sexuality education. Utilising Nikki Sullivan’s notion of somatechnics, we seek to untangle how people associated with this category cannot be understood as separate from the technologies of medical and educational in...
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This chapter contributes to the mapping of a ‘new’ ontology of sexuality at school. Drawing on new feminist materialist thinking from Barad (Meeting the universe halfway: quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning. Duke University Press, Durhman, 2007), Bennett (The force of things: steps toward an ecology of matter. Polit Theo 32(3...
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This chapter engages with debates about addressing cultural and religious diversity in sexuality education. It argues Sharon Todd’s concept of radical plurality offers a reconfiguration of the pedagogical encounter for sexuality education students, by disrupting a view of cultural and religious diversity as a set of identity characteristics which i...
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Moving beyond the traditional focus on curriculum and pedagogy, this volume explores hidden dimensions of sexuality education in schools and how sexual meanings are produced. Challenging the standard understandings of sexuality education, Allen discusses how students’ knowledge of sexualities is often learnt outside the ‘official’ school curriculum...
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This paper is interested in thinking more about sexuality education at school. As such, it is concerned with a mundane and unacknowledged feature of the sexuality classroom – the mapping of movement. While human movement is a familiar focus of educational research, the movement of things is not. With reference to Barad’s concept of intra-activity,...
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This authoritative, state-of-the-art Handbook provides an authoritative overview of issues within sexuality education, coupled with ground-breaking discussion of emerging and unconventional insights in the field. With 32 contributions from 12 countries it definitively traces the landscape of issues, theories and practices in sexuality education glo...
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This paper asks, what ‘newness’ (Springgay & Zaliwska, 2015) does a new materialist feminist engagement with photos of ‘nothing’ produce for thinking about images as data in research about sexuality at school? Somewhat unusually, this paper takes as its focus – photos of what appear to be, nothing. These indecipherable photos were captured by stude...
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How might sexuality education respond to cultural and religious diversity? Increasing cultural and religious plurality of nations means this question continues to engender debate within the field of sexuality education internationally. In Aotearoa, New Zealand1 where this chapter is written, it is a pressing concern as recent migration trends deliv...
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The term “visual methods” does not seem particularly queer, until there is an attempt to employ it as part of research on sexualities at school. Using visual methods in the form of photo-diaries to capture sexualities in the risk-averse context of schooling is controversial and challenging. Not only can schools view student sexuality as peripheral...
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This paper asks, what ‘newness’ (Springgay & Zaliwska, 2015) does a new materialist feminist engagement with photos of ‘nothing’ produce for thinking about images as data in research about sexuality at school? Somewhat unusually, this paper takes as its focus – photos of what appear to be, nothing. These indecipherable photos were captured by stude...
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This book engages contemporary debates about the notion of secularism outside of the field of education in order to consider how secularism shapes the formation of progressive sexuality education. Focusing on the US, Canada, Ireland, Aotearoa-New Zealand and Australia, this text considers the affinities, prejudices, and attachments of scholars who...
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Young people may face conflicting and confusing messages about what it means to respond well in relation to homophobia and transphobia. Consequently, we ask – What might it mean to respond well to homophobia and transphobia? This strategy, inspired by Anika Thiem and Judith Butler, is recognition of the ambivalent conditions which structure attempt...
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This article is concerned with interrogating what has evolved as “normal” representations of the schooling experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students in literature concerned with social/sexual justice. It argues that these representations necessitate understanding LGBT within a binary of either “victims” or “heroes,” and...
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This article seeks to trouble the conflation of photo-anonymisation with ethical research practice, as is often promoted by institutional ethics review. Contributing to discussions of ‘visual ethics’ and the application of photographic methods in visual research, it poses the question: what is the effect of the anonymisation of photographs on the i...
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The inclusion of pleasure and desire have been important in the vision for sexuality education for the past 20 years. This paper continues this conversation by exploring young people’s interest and ideas about incorporating pleasure within sexuality education at school. Drawing on data from focus group and survey methods young people highlight some...
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What are the limits of queer pedagogy's thought [Britzman, D. (1995). Is there a queer pedagogy or stop reading straight. Educational Theory, 45(2), 151–165]? This question is considered in relation to how queer pedagogy unfolds in a first-year university course entitled Learning Sexualities. Examples of how queer pedagogy might operate in universi...
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This is an interview with Mary Lou Rasmussen who is an Associate Professor, in the Faculty of Education, University of Monash, Melbourne. She is an eminent queer theorist within the field of education, with a special interest in queer subjects as they cohere around sexuality education, gender and sexualities. Her career spans 13 years in which she...
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This article contributes to the mapping of a ‘new’ ontology of sexuality at school. Drawing on new feminist materialist thinking from Barad (2007), Bennett (2004) and Lenz Taguchi (2013), it analyses photographs from a project on the sexual cultures of schooling in a way that takes ‘things’ or ‘matter’ seriously. Seeking to disrupt the idea that hu...
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This article is about the purposes and the processes of teaching comprehensive sexuality education to diverse communities. We argue that establishing an educational response to addressing diversity in sexuality education involves challenging and interrupting current dominant forms of authority, subordination, and systems of hegemony prevalent in th...
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Girls’ sexuality is often the focus of intense public debate and concern. Anxieties over ‘raunch culture’ (Levy, 2005) and premature ‘sexualization’ of girls are currently at a premium in the media and popular literature. This public interest has been accompanied by an array of international and governmental reports documenting the ‘sexualization’...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to attempt to theorise difference as encountered by a team of six diverse researchers interested in addressing cultural and religious diversity in sexuality education. Drawing Todd's (2003, 2011a, b) concepts of “the crossroads”, “becoming present” and “relationality” in conversation with Barad's (2003, 2007,...
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This article explores the potential of queering as a mode of critique by problematising the ways in which liberal politics of race shape normative understandings of health in a high school classroom. Drawing on findings from an Australian and New Zealand (NZ) research project designed to respond to religious and cultural difference in school-based...
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In a discussion of Deleuze's theorization of concepts, Todd May asks “what can a concept do with that which cannot be identified?” Or to put it another way, May writes – “A concept is a way of addressing the difference that lies beneath the identities we experience.” This is not to say that identities, concepts, and experiences are linked in partic...
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Sexuality and humour share a fraught relationship at school, so that how humour might be productively employed in sexuality education constitutes a ‘risky’ consideration. This paper explores the role of humour in sexuality education as observed in a Year 9 New Zealand health class. Adding to existing literature emphasising students' use of humour a...
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The objective of this research is to examine the relationships between young people's sexual knowledge, sexual subjectivities and (hetero)sexual practices. It also aims to investigate how young people's articulation and experiences of their sexual knowledge, subjectivities and practices are gendered. A further goal is to re-examine what is theorise...
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How might we understand young men’s sexual embodiment at school? This article is concerned with the body as a site for the intersection of masculinities and sexualities at school. In a bid to contribute to existing narrative analyses of young men’s sexualities in educational contexts, this research employs visual methods in order to “picture” these...
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This paper asks, what more can we think in relation to debates around young people's use of mobile phones at school? Rather than attempting to answer the question of whether mobile phones are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for young people, this paper recasts the debate's ontological underpinnings. To do this feminist appropriations of the Deleuzian concept of as...
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This paper revisits the missing discourse of female desire [Fine, M. 1988. Sexuality, schooling and adolescent females: The missing discourse of desire. Harvard Educational Review 58, no. 1: 29–53] in secondary schools. Instead of echoing previous studies that have documented how female desire is missing, this research starts from the premise that...
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This paper explores the methodological politics of researching at the intersections of sexuality, culture and religion in secondary schools. It draws on experiences during a project concerned with how to address cultural and religious diversity in sexuality education in Australia and New Zealand. The paper focuses on two methodological sticking poi...
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The idea that pleasure might form a part of sexuality education is no longer a ‘new’ idea in the field of sexuality studies. In this paper we examine how originally conceived notions of pleasure have been ‘put to work’ and theoretically ‘taken up’ in relation to sexuality and education. It is our contention that because of the nature of discourse a...
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Until now, the inclusion of a discourse of pleasure in sexuality education has been constituted as a ‘progressive’ and ‘liberatory’ undertaking. This article seeks to scrutinize the political and moral motivations that have underpinned this discourse by tracing the origins of its emergence. It employs a series of anecdotes from the author’s everyda...
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Sexuality education and preventive sexual abuse education emerged from different historical moments and social movements. Consequently, they are often taught as separate subjects in secondary schools. This paper seeks to highlight how this separation denies space for young people to grapple with the concept of consent, the art of negotiation, the i...
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This paper is concerned with extending existing understandings about the role of schools as sexualising agencies. It seeks to uncover previously undisturbed spatial and material dimensions of schooling with regards to sexualities and their implication for how young people learn about sexualities at school. In this regard, the paper asks: how do app...
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This article is concerned with how to analyse photographs produced during research on sexualities and schooling. Photo-diaries and photo-elicitation were employed in an examination of the sexual cultures of two New Zealand secondary schools. This visual methodology sought to disclose spatial and embodied dimensions of sexualities at school while ce...
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Sexualities and schooling is often constituted as a ‘controversial’ topic. Similarly, photo-methods are an unconventional data collection method in educational research associated with ‘risk’ in school settings. Given this context, why use photo-methods in research on sexualities and schooling? While acknowledging the challenges of using photo-meth...
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The issue of whether to ‘come out’ in class has a poignant history in the literature by gay, lesbian and bisexual educators on this topic. By comparison few heterosexuals have publicly written about whether they explicitly reveal their heterosexuality to students. This paper contributes to the enduring debate about whether to ‘come out’ in class fr...
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This chapter addresses the debate about what should constitute the content of sexuality education. It begins by providing an overview of the nature of this debate and how perspectives within it are configured. The first part of the chapter attempts to understand why this debate exists and how it is conceptualised. I acknowledge the potency of this...
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In this chapter the theme of ‘re- imagining sexuality education’ is revisited by rethinking the disease and pregnancy prevention focus of programmes. Its content differs from previous chapters, in that it does not present empirical findings. Instead, discussion is premised on participants’ calls for including desire and pleasure in programmes as de...
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Who makes the best sexuality educators and why are key questions for those who design and deliver school-based sexuality programmes. Those who teach sexuality education are integral to programmes that successfully support young people to experience their sexuality positively (Forrest, Strange and Oakley, 2002; Harrison, Hillier and Walsh, 1996; Hil...
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Research which involves human subjects is often a difficult enterprise. When you add ‘sexuality’ and ‘schooling’ to this mix, it becomes a veritable minefield. This chapter explores some of the complexities of undertaking research about young people and sexuality in the context of schooling. School environments are distinct because of the plethora...
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This chapter addresses debate about the ‘missing discourse of desire’ (Fine, 1988) in sexuality education by examining young people’s ideas around incorporating ‘pleasure’ in programmes. There has been burgeoning interest in the possibility of including discussions of desire and pleasure within school sexuality education since Michelle Fine’s semin...
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This chapter engages with debates around whether sexuality education should occur in mixed or single gender groups and boys’ perceived disinterest in this subject. These debates are engaged through an exploration of gender differences in students’ suggestions for sexuality content. Results from the current research reveal young women’s and men’s co...
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This book innovatively re-envisions the possibilities of sexuality education. Utilising student critiques of programmes it reconfigures key debates in sexuality education including: Should pleasure be part of the curriculum? Who makes the best educators? Do students prefer single or mixed gender classes?.
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This article considers whether ‘straight’ identified researchers can produce anti-normative knowledge. This question derives from debates around what (if any) contribution ‘straight’ researchers can make to queer theory/research. While recognizing that political and ethical decisions are integral to this discussion, I focus on the epistemological i...
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This paper explores ‘the 5 cm rule’, a regulation around student contact discovered during an investigation of the sexual culture of schooling with 16–19-year-olds in New Zealand. Implemented to stem ‘inappropriate and unwanted’ touching, it stipulates that students must maintain a physical distance of 5 cm at all times. It is argued this rule repr...
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This paper seeks to explore the relation between sexuality and pedagogy. This theoretical concern is examined with reference to two key pedagogical moments during a first‐year undergraduate course about schooling and sexuality. Through critical reflection of these episodes it is argued that when sexuality is the intellectual focus of a course, the...
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Visual methods are often marginalised in educational research and have not been employed to collect information about sexuality at school. This paper examines the viability and effectiveness of conducting research about the ‘sexual cultures’ of schools in New Zealand using photo‐diaries and photo‐elicitation. ‘Effectiveness’ is judged by what the v...
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This article explores ethics committee review as part of a system of government directing the behaviour of researchers and possibilities of research. Drawing on the work of Halse and Honey (2007) it argues ethics committees represent one of the governing practices of an institutional discourse of ethical research. This discourse has constitutive ef...
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Those who teach sexuality education are integral to the success of programmes that positively foster young people as sexual subjects. Knowing what makes an effective educator is therefore crucial for developing and delivering programmes that are successful in this respect. Starting from the premise that effective sexuality education meets the needs...
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This paper seeks to explore how we might understand young people's agency in sexuality research using visual methods. It is concerned with troubling the perception that power is held by the adult researcher and denied to youthful participants who simply submit to their authority. Rather than attempting to cast moments of young people's agency as ex...
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It has been recognized that to be effective, sexuality education must meet the needs and interests of young people (Aggleton and Campbell, 2000). However, this acknowledgement has often manifested in adults ultimately determining what young people's needs and interests are. This article focuses on what senior school students determine as important...
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Are young women and men’s preferences for sexuality education content poles apart? This article explores gender differences in senior school students’ suggestions for issues sexuality education should cover. Findings are analysed in relation to debate about mixed and single sex classrooms and boys’ perceived disinterest in lessons. It is argued tha...
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Numerous researchers have identified a missing discourse of desire and pleasure in sexuality education (Fine, 1988; Kehily, 2002; Rasmussen et al., 2004; Allen, 2005b). This paper builds on these findings by exploring the possibility of including such a discourse within sexuality education at school. Young people's interest and ideas about incorpor...
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Despite policy provision enabling sexuality education to address more than disease and pregnancy prevention, this focus continues to permeate many school programmes. This paper problematises the danger prevention emphasis in sexuality education, examines school's investment in it and asks how useful it is. The ways this kind of sexuality education...
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This article is concerned with some of the theoretical and methodological complexities of collecting young people's preferences for sexuality education content and using them to inform educational practice. Data are drawn from focus groups and questionnaires undertaken by 16–19‐year‐olds. Participants' suggestions often reflect dominant discourses...
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What is the place of romance in young men's lives? Do young men enact a romantic masculinity? This article examines young men's experience of romance and what investments they have in romantic identity. Drawing on a New Zealand—based sample of seventeen-to nineteen-year-olds, the author investigates the way in which romantic masculinity is evoked d...
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This article examines some of the discourses and practices through which schools produce and regulate student sexual identities. It suggests that schools' ‘official culture’ can be seen as a discursive strategy which identifies a preferred student subject that is ‘non‐sexual’. This preference is communicated through the contradictory nature of disc...
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This article provides a critical account of conducting focus groups with gay and lesbian youth. Drawing on the insights of queer theory it attempts to reframe issues around sexual diversity by examining the heteronormalizing processes at work during these focus groups. This analysis is undertaken through a ‘study of the limits’ of the author’s own...
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This article examines the sexually explicit comments and references to pornography in young men's answers to a survey about sexuality education. Instead of viewing these remarks as simply impertinent and therefore discountable, I argue that they offer insights into the constitution of masculine identity and an erotic deficit in sexuality education....
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Heteronormativity operates by normalising heterosexuality as preferred and acceptable, while simultaneously casting homosexuality as abnormal other. To understand how New Zealand secondary schools might be conceptualised as "heteronormative spaces", this paper analyses heteronormalising educational processes which centre heterosexuality and relegat...
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How do young people conceptualise ‘effective’ sexuality education? This paper explores 16‐year‐old to 19‐year‐old New Zealanders' vision of effective sexuality education as it emerges in answers to a survey question about improving programmes at secondary school. Young people's responses suggest that their view of what makes sexuality education eff...
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The notion of ‘the school’ as a set of institutional processes and practices that shape the possibilities of educational research forms the focus of this article. It is argued that the discursive and material practices that render schools agencies of cultural reproduction also have effects for what research can be undertaken in them and how. With r...
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Displays of hegemonic masculinity within research contexts are often perceived to inhibit the collection of ‘good’ data and present a problem which the researcher must overcome. Instead of being seen as hindering the research process, this article takes such moments as ‘data’, which provide first hand insights into the way male sexuality is made wi...
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To view young people as sexual subjects who might legitimately seek sexual pleasure and express sexual desire is controversial. Such contention stems from the fact that this idea conflicts with notions of ‘good’ youth as sexually innocent. Young people know only too well the negative consequences which threaten if they are identified as sexually ac...
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Chapter 4 revealed that relationships are the context in which young people’s sense of themselves as a sexual person is realised and formed. As such relationships are an important site for contextualising our understandings of how young people live out (hetero)sexuality. Relationships are also the place in which sexual knowledge can find applicatio...
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This chapter presents a case for the inclusion of a discourse of erotics in sexuality education. I begin by delineating the concept of a discourse of erotics and the way this builds on Fine’s (1988) seminal work around the missing discourse of desire. While it has been established that positive and empowering discourses of desire and pleasure are ‘...
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In this chapter I argue that if we are to better comprehend why some young people do not put their knowledge into practice we first need to establish how young people themselves conceptualise ‘sexual knowledge’. Instead of examining the way in which sexuality education has constituted sexual knowledge, this research sought to uncover young people’s...
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To better understand the idea of the ‘gap’ phenomenon this study has explored young people’s (hetero)sexual knowledge, subjectivities and practices. This investigation was motivated by a desire to improve sexuality education’s capacity to enable young people to experience their sexuality in more positive and empowering ways. In this chapter I summa...
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It is as a matter of politics that Chapter 1 commenced with a personal reason for researching sexuality. Beginning symbolically and literally with ‘I’ represents a challenge to traditional academic ‘authority’ where there is an absence of the author’s personal voice in texts. Like other social scientists (Lather, 1991; Middleton, 1995; Jones, 1992;...

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The goal of this project was to explore how queer and feminist concepts could open up new ways of thinking about the affective-politics of doctoral education in the historical present.