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Educating queer sexual citizens? A feminist exploration of bisexual and queer young women’s sex education in Tasmania, Australia


Grant, R and Nash, M, Educating queer sexual citizens? A feminist exploration of bisexual and queer young women's sex education in Tasmania, Australia, Sex Education: sexuality, society and learning pp. 1-16. ISSN 1468-1811 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14681811.2018.1548348


There is a well-documented absence of inclusive school-based sex and relationships education (SRE) for Australian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth. Moreover, relatively few studies specifically examine how bisexual and queer-identifying young Australian women experience SRE. This qualitative study addresses the gap and contributes new perspectives by examining bisexual and queer young women’s experiences of school-based SRE in the state of Tasmania through the lens of sexual citizenship. Drawing on qualitative interviews with 15 Tasmanian bisexual and queer young women, we argue that biomedical, risk-based and heteronormative approaches to SRE reduce young women’s sexual health literacy. By framing SRE around the concept of ‘sexual citizenship’, this article provides important guidance on how SRE can more effectively provide bisexual and queer young women with the skills they need to be effective, engaged sexual citizens.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:queer, women, gender, sex education, Tasmania, bisexuality, health literacy, sexual citizenship, LGBTQ,
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:Sociology of education
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Grant, R (Dr Ruby Grant)
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)
ID Code:129285
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-11-21
Last Modified:2019-02-15

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