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    ‘Why? And how?’ Translating queer theologies of sex education

    Henry, Seán (2022) ‘Why? And how?’ Translating queer theologies of sex education. Sex Education, 22 (1). pp. 7-21. ISSN 1468-1811

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    This paper engages with two overarching questions: why is engaging with queer theologies potentially valuable for sex education, and how can we carry out this kind of work without rendering sex education an expression of queer theological commitment? In responding to the first of these questions, I argue that working with queer theologies can offer sex education researchers another way of thinking about, and with, theology – one that resists positioning theology as inevitably heteronormative through its attention to the body, embraces the multiple possibilities of queer subjecthood, and attends to the importance of context in understanding how heteronormativity is both reproduced and resisted. Following this, I turn to the second question animating this paper, suggesting that if we are to avoid sex education sliding into an inevitable expression of queer theological commitment, what is needed is a methodology for the translation for sex education research, in which queer theologies can ‘meet’ with sex education without at the same time ‘merging’ with it. I demonstrate how this might be enacted through the symbol of the ‘Abrahamic threesome’, a queer symbolic device of my own design.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Embodiment; queer subjecthood; queer theology; translation; Abrahamic threesome;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 16310
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    Depositing User: Seán Henry
    Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2022 09:53
    Journal or Publication Title: Sex Education
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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