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Play Doh Vulvas and Felt Tip Dick Pics: Disrupting Phallocentric Matter(s) in Sex Education

Ringrose, Jessica, Whitehead, Sophie, Regehr, Kaitlyn (2020) Play Doh Vulvas and Felt Tip Dick Pics: Disrupting Phallocentric Matter(s) in Sex Education. Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodology, 10 (2-3). pp. 259-291. ISSN 1892-042X. (doi:10.7577/rerm.3679) (KAR id:78668)


In this paper, we explore our experiences working as team comprised of researchers, teacher, and founder and director of a sex education non-profit organisation, who have formed an intra-activist research and pedagogical assemblage to experiment with relationship and sexuality education (RSE) practices in England’s secondary schools. We draw upon phEmaterialism theory and socially engaged, participatory arts-based research methodologies and pedagogies to explore two examples of arts-based activities that have been developed to de-center humanist, male-dominated, phallocentric, penile-oriented RSE. We also demonstrate how these practices enable educators, researchers, practitioners and students to revalue and rematter feminine genitalia, and resist and refigure unsettling experiences of receiving unsolicited digital dick pics.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.7577/rerm.3679
Projects: The Women We See: Experiences of Gender and Diversity in Advertising in London’s Public Spaces
Subjects: L Education
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Funders: [37325] UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Kaitlyn Regehr
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2019 17:36 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:07 UTC
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