This is the sort of stuff being discussed this week at the UWO Western Teachers College. This is for policy makers, teachers, Faculty of Education students, etc etc.
This is the context in which the Wynne/Scandals/BenLevin sex ed will be taught to our children!!
Moving Forward: Identities, sexting, schooled bodies, and the curriculum that frames us
Title: The Politics of Pleasure in Sexuality EducationThe inclusion of pleasure and desire have been important in the vision for sexuality education for the past 20 years (Fine, 1988; Kehily, 2002; Rasmussen, Rofes, Talburt, 2004; Allen, Rasmussen and Quinlivan, 2014). This Keynote talk continues this conversation by exploring young people’s interest and ideas about incorporating pleasure within sexuality education at school. Drawing on data from focus groups and survey methods young people highlight some of the challenges facing this topic as a curricula component. Participants felt sexual pleasure was relevant to their lives and displayed a significant interest in receiving this information provided it was delivered in a particular format. Responses provide insights into some of the politics which surround the inclusion of pleasure in sexuality education. Taking into account young people’s perspectives this paper encourages an acknowledgement and interrogation of these politics and their implications for what gets ‘taught’ as pleasure in sexuality programmes.
An International Symposium: Moving Forward: Identities, sexting, schooled bodies, and the curriculum that frames us -London, Ontario -May 2016
An International Symposium: Moving Forward: Identities, sexting, schooled bodies, and the curriculumthat frames us -London, Ontario -May 22-25, 2016
The content of sexuality education provision is a contested topic internationally, with various sectors of the government, NGO’s, parents, community groups, teachers, schools and young people often in sharp disagreement about what sexuality education should aim to cover and do. This international level of contestation is apparent in recent curricular developments to the Health and Physical Education curriculum (2015) in Ontario, Canada and has provoked a public outcry and in some cases, rallies to protest the revisions to the curriculum. In light of a public discomfort toward these curriculum revisions, and in relation to wider educational and sexuality debates that may
shed light on recent events, the organizers (Dr. Michael Kehler-Western University, Ontario, Canada and Dr. Jessica Ringrose-University College London, Institute of Education, London, UK) are hosting an International Symposium:
Moving Forward, at the Faculty of Education, London, Ontario, Canada, May 22-25, 2016.
In the upcoming International Symposium researchers, teachers, and social agencies are invited to attend and submit proposals in a research-based series of conversations about the experiences of designing, delivering, navigating, responding to, revising, and researching sexualities and sexuality education curriculum.
Compulsory heterosexuality as it has been termed is often the unspoken backdrop of sex education curriculum based on reducing ‘parts and plumbing’ ‘risks’ around reproduction and disease. In this forum we, like others, challenge this configuration and seek contributions from those exploring the processes and challenges of delivering sexuality education curriculum that effectively includes for example, LGBTQI issues. We invite contributions that consider the wider range of topics that relate to and shape the content, delivery and nature of sexuality education in schools in
the context of the current awareness of non-binary gender and widespread transformations of understandings of sexualities and sexual cultures.
This event acknowledges youth identities and the ‘missing discourse of desire’ (particularly for girls) (Fine, 1998).
We seek to open up a dialogue that “constitutes young people as sexual subjects with the capacity for, and right to, positive experiences of sexual desire and pleasure” (Allen, 2004, p. 152)
We invite abstract submissions that address as starting points this range of suggested topics on sexuality education, although topics are not limited to this brief list:
–Feminism and gender equality in sexuality education -Health and Physical Education, pedagogy
-Rape culture and lad culture -Producing/disrupting/interrogating
heteronormativity across youth throughcurricula
-Dress codes and sexual harassment in school policy and practice -Schools as site for the (re)production of sexual identities
-LGBTQI and non-binary identities, Embodiment and experiencesat school
-Sexting, technology and youth identities
-Sexuality education and non-binary sex/gender -Sexual surveillance and violence of/against youth
-Digital technology and youth sexual cultures -Sexual subjectivities, religion, morality
-Youth voice, desire and pleasure –The “myth of childhood innocence”
-Adolescent, youth bodies, school bodies, body image -Negotiated parental, familial, school responsibilities of sexuality education
-Bodies and the curriculum that names and frames youth -Teacher’s challenges with curriculum contentand delivery at school
-Competing/antagonistic discourses of youth sexual identities
PS: stand-by for a future post on this international organization: