Call for Papers
Radical Teacher issue on Gender and Sexuality
The 2001 Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) reported that the nation's public schools remain dangerous places for LGBT youth. Afghan women are struggling to regain a place in their society and move ahead to even greater freedoms. These are two fairly clear-cut examples of the simultaneously static and changing status of gender and sexuality in society but, after thirty years of Women's Studies and fifteen years of Gay and Lesbian Studies, how have the ideas of gender and sexuality become even more complicated and challenging? How are gender and sexuality being taught today? How can radical pedagogy politicize the teaching of gender and sexuality? Using these guidelines, we seek articles that address the teaching of and impact on the changing analytic interpretations of gender and sexuality and articles that address the intersections of gender and sexuality, class, race, and ethnicity for a special cluster of Radical Teacher on Gender and Sexuality. This issue seeks to historicize the teaching of gender and sexuality and to examine current pedagogical practices, struggles, gains, and losses. We particularly encourage articles written about K-12 teaching since these years are often when confusions and prejudice about gender and sexuality begin.
Some possible topics include:
Student activism in organizing LGBT organizations and women's groups.
The relationship between GLBT students and Women's Studies.
The development of Gender Studies programs.
What insights have your students had about the difference between their gender and their sex? What insights have you had, as their teacher, about your own gender and sexuality?
Do you have case studies of classroom incidents, classroom responses and institutional responses to gender and sexuality?
Has your teaching of gender and sexuality in any way helped you in your classroom as a bridge to teaching other issues like class, race, and ethnicity?
In what ways can teaching gender and sexuality be even more difficult than teaching race, ethnicity or class? Why?
Teaching the difference between gender and sexuality.
Teaching the historically economic foundations for the creation of gender.
Teaching about transgender and transsexual issues.
Resolving classroom confrontations involving gender and sexuality. How do you do it? Any special materials or sources available that you found helpful?
Teaching about the historical and contemporary oppression of women.
Dealing with students who do not follow traditional gender roles.
Teaching students from backgrounds with varying gender standards.
Send proposals or full articles to J. Elizabeth Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or Erica Rand at email@example.com or hard copy to Leonard Vogt at 19-19 21 Road, Astoria, NY 11105. Proposals are welcome before our deadline of May 1, 2002, after which we will only accept full articles.
J. Elizabeth Clark
The Department of Engish
LaGuardia Community College--CUNY
31-10 Thomson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101
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