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Transgender and Art in the School Curriculum

Meecham, Pam and Dittman, Rebecca (2006) Transgender and Art in the School Curriculum. Sex Education, 6 (4). pp. 403-414. ISSN 1468-1811. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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The intention of this paper is two fold. First, it makes explicit a little known and poorly understood area of human experience: transgender. Second, it explores curriculum possibilities opened up by recent legitimating of transgender people through the Gender Recognition Act (2004). The Act foregrounds the necessity for a forum in schools to debate, reflect and understand the full implications of changes to legislation. This paper proposes that, rather than approaching transgender issues through biological science or through the levelling gaze of citizenship, issues of gender identity can be understood without censure through the visual arts. Moreover, the visual arts offer a ‘safe place’ to discuss issues around the body because they allow distance and, in offering visual representations rather than text based work, make visually concrete what science ethically cannot.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Secondary school, Sexuality (Sexual orientation), Gender, Art & design, Cultural studies
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Arts and Humanities
IOE Departments > Departments > Culture, Communication and Media
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2010 16:48
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:17
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