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Critical Pedagogy, Sexuality Education and Young People

Issues about Democracy and Active Citizenry


Edited By Fida Sanjakdar and Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip

Critical Pedagogy, Sexuality Education and Young People presents cutting-edge empirical and theoretical research on the role of critical pedagogy in transforming sexuality education. Featuring the work of scholars from around the globe, including the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Finland, this unique collection of work expands the meaning of pedagogy in the field of sexuality education by augmenting young people’s voices and agency, and by emphasizing a democratic and civic focus. This volume identifies and interrogates theoretical frameworks based on critical theory and critical pedagogical discourses, cross-cultural studies and critical literacy to offer new ways to conceptualize critical pedagogy in sexuality education. Many of the practical classroom applications presented will engage educators and classroom teachers in the areas of curriculum design, classroom pedagogies and institutional reform. They can also be applied to the formulation and implementation of more effective policies for sexuality education involving schools, community groups and students. The chapters in this volume interrogate texts, institutions, social relations and ideologies impacting contemporary sexuality education policies and pedagogical practices, prompting a consideration of alternative models of sexuality education for today’s globalized age.

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8. Nudity, Sexting and Consent: Finding Opportunities for Critical Pedagogy in Tagged and Caitlin Stasey (Kyra Clarke)


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8. Nudity, Sexting and Consent: Finding Opportunities for Critical Pedagogy in Tagged and Caitlin Stasey



Over the past decade, sexting, the digital exchange of sexually explicit images, nudity in public, and consent (with regards to the creation and distribution of images) have had significant publicity in Australia and internationally. Most discussions have emphasised the apparent dangers for young people, including cyberbullying and “sexting as a crime” (Albury, Crawford, Byron, & Mathews, 2013, p. 4). This emphasis on risk exists alongside sensational celebrity stories and the distribution of “celebrity sex tapes” and paparazzi photos, images which are often shared without consent (Albury et al., 2013, p. 17). Such media discussions around nudity make educational materials and government campaigns about sexting additionally intricate, implicitly recognising the complex and contradictory meanings that can be made of such materials. In this chapter, I engage in discussion about the role of nudity, sexting and consent in a young adult’s education about sexuality and contemplate the opportunities for critical pedagogy offered by public examples of nudity and sexting, considering two examples: the award-winning video Tagged (2011) produced by the Australian Government and Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) as part of a public education campaign comprised of the video and assorted educational materials, and the representation of Australian actor and activist Caitlin Stasey on her website

Tagged features a group of girls who post an anonymous blog...

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