Girls of Color, Sexuality, and Sex Education by Sharon Lamb, Tangela Roberts, Aleksandra Plocha

By Sharon Lamb, Tangela Roberts, Aleksandra Plocha

This ebook takes a detailed examine how women of colour imagine, speak, and know about intercourse and sexual ethics, how they navigate their constructing sexuality via cultural stereotypes approximately intercourse and physique picture, and the way they negotiate their sexual studying inside a co-ed intercourse schooling lecture room. whereas women of colour are usually pictured as in danger or engaged in dicy habit, the analyses of concentration teams and lecture room discussions, exhibit not just ladies’ vulnerabilities yet their strengths as they paintings with integrating various identities, media messages, university coverage and background into their knowing of the sexual global they're uncovered to and part of.

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At times, statements seemed to function as warning to male peers not to assume weakness on the part of females. Anna: I’m speaking for myself. I think some guys, not all guys, they think that girls are, like, soft, and they don’t have walls built up around them. That they just give in easily. So I think that if a guy is extremely nice and buys a lot of things for the prom, if he thinks she’s going to give him sex, I would be pissed off. It’s because he thinks that girls are soft. Here, the students’ intent seems clearly directed at her peers, illuminating one underlying motivation for female students’ resistance to discussing gender inequity.

In Black Sexual Politics, Patricia Hill Collins argues it serves the purpose of imparting an ideal of dignity, respect, and qualities of Southern White femininity and middle-class values onto the Black body in an attempt to seek approval from one’s White counterparts (Hill-Collins 2004, p. 72). But Higginbotham makes the counterargument that the politics of respectability did not produce a wholehearted imitation of the behavior and actions of the White middleclass, and instead yielded both an internal and external shifting and elevation Black social positionality (Higginbotham and Weber 1992).

American girls, in contrast, were seen as partyers, sexualized, shameful, and disrespectful. Participants in Naber’s study noted that if they were seen as possessing any of these American qualities, they were assumed to be less Arab and as having lost to American ideals (Naber 2006). A respectable young Arab woman, then, would be considered a devout heterosexual virgin. In one of our exercises in the SECS-C, we have students choose slips of paper from a box that gives them an identity. , disabled; Trans; fundamental Christian), how might they view respectful conversation in the classroom.

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