Volume 1- Concepts and Theoretical Frameworks
Chapter 7. Gender Curriculum Concepts
· 7 · gENdEr CurriCuLum CONCEpTS Introduction When studying literature(s) on gender, there are three directions I would like to take. I would like to explore feminism, masculinity studies, and queer theory. Although I separate out feminism, masculinity studies, and queer theory for the sake of organization, these concepts—in their intersections with curric- ulum studies—are interrelated. Thinking feminism, masculinity studies, and queer theory together is the goal of this chapter. But before thinking these interrelated concepts together it makes sense to think about them one at a time. Feminism(s) and Gender(s) I should note at the outset that there are many different kinds of feminism(s). Feminism has a long and rich history. The literature(s) on feminism(s) is extensive. I offer here only glimpses of what is going on in the contemporary scene. Leila Villaverde (2008) has written a helpful primer on feminism. For stu- dents who are new to feminism, Villaverde’s book is an excellent introduction. 340 curriculum studies guidebooks Villaverde tells us that there are important differences in the way scholars talk about gender. She states The 1980s and the 1990s marked the true arrival of gender studies in the literature and in academic circles. Much debate exists about the switch to “gender studies” from “women’s studies” or the use of the compound programmatic title, such as “women’s and gender studies.” (p. 71) Gender is the main concept in the feminist literature. When feminists talk about gender, little consensus is at hand. Feminism...
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