Affective Sexual Pedagogies in Film and Television

1st Edition

Kyra Clarke

Routledge
Published March 6, 2017
Reference - 248 Pages - 20 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138120495 - CAT# Y214216
Series: Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

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Summary

Popular film and television hold valuable potential for learning about sex and sexuality beyond the information-based model of sex education currently in schools. This book argues that the representation of complicated—or "messy"—relationships in these popular cultural forms makes them potent as affective pedagogical moments. It endeavours to develop new sexual literacies by contemplating how pedagogical moments, that is, fleeting moments which disrupt expectations or create discomfort, might enrich the available discourses of sexuality and gender, especially those available to adolescents. In Part One, Clarke critiques the heteronormative discourses of sex education that produce youth in particularly gendered ways, noting that "rationality" is often expected to govern experiences that are embodied and arguably inherently incoherent. Part Two explores public intimacy, contemplating the often overlapping and confused boundaries between public and private.

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