Lecture: "Teacher Sex, Pupils and Masculinity"
Throughout the last 20 years schooling has received increasing media coverage especially around gender and sexuality. It has become an arena where cultural anxieties are being continually projected and temporarily resolved. For example, concerns about boys failing, school pregnancies, sexting, sex education reveal the moral fault lines that underpin what is seen as acceptable and unacceptable. This lecture primarily focuses on media reports on sex between teachers and pupils in order to explore how such scandals configure gender. More specifically, it examines how the dynamics of age play an important role in emerging narratives of masculinity. Overall, the lecture suggests that such scandals create cultural disgust, they become desirable and necessary to stabilize gender and (hetero) sexual normativity.
Co-sponsored by the European Studies Center.
This event is part of a cluster of spring term events on masculinities. For more masculinities events, click here.