Monday, March 22, 2010

Week 10 Discussion Question

In Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz's "Queer Theory and Feminist Pedagogy" (Chapter Seven), she describes the difficulties and complications of teaching sexuality through a queer theory approach. Among other issues, she struggles with the question of who can teach queer theory, and how to utilize it as fundamental element in her course when her students have varying levels of familiarity with topics of sexuality.

How could queer theory either positively or negatively affect students' willingness to engage with topics of sexuality? What are the risks of this, and when/how should queer theory be integrated into classroom conversations? Also, how can might queer theory's call for anti-identitarian perspectives be integrated into our pedagogical approaches to race, class, and gender? Why might this be beneficial?

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