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Gender and Sexualities in Education

A Reader


Edited By Elizabeth J. Meyer and Dennis Carlson

This volume is about the education of gender and sexualities, which is to say it explores how gender and sexuality identities and differences get constructed through the process of education and «schooling». Wittingly or not, educational institutions and educators play an important role in «normalizing» gender and sexuality differences by disciplining, regulating, and producing differences in ways that are «intelligible» within the dominant or hegemonic culture. To make gender and sexuality identities and differences intelligible through education is to understand them through the logic of separable binary oppositions (man-woman, straight-gay), and to valorize and privilege one normalized identity within each binary (man, straight) and simultaneously stigmatize and marginalize the «other» identity (woman, gay). Educational institutions have been set up to normalize the construction of gender and sexual identities in these ways, and this is both the overt and the «hidden» curriculum of schooling. At the same time, the «postmodern» times in which we live are characterized by a proliferating of differences so that the binary oppositional borders that have been maintained and policed through schooling, and that are central to maintaining highly inequitable power relations and rigid gender roles, are being challenged, resisted, and in other ways profoundly destabilized by young people today.
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10. Survival, Protection, and Forgiveness: Examining Gendered Violence and Care in The Hunger Games Trilogy



Chapter 10

Survival, Protection, and Forgiveness

Examining Gendered Violence and Care in The Hunger Games Trilogy

Kristen V. Luschen

In the tradition of other best-selling young-adult and fantasy series—Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Twilight—The Hunger Games trilogy of young-adult, dystopian novels by Suzanne Collins are well known to youth and adults alike. Like its counterparts, this best-selling series began the transition into blockbuster films with the first film of the trilogy released in March 2012. However, the series contrasts with its popular counterparts in some very distinct and significant ways. Unlike Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or The Underland Chronicles (also by Collins) series, The Hunger Games differs in that it is told from the perspective of a resourceful, take-charge, bold, and intelligent young woman who effectively is tasked with leading people into revolution against an oppressive government.

The Hunger Games trilogy is a significant cultural text to explore for a number of reasons. Its popularity and reach are staggering. It is a widely available and read series, with more than 50 million copies in print and digital format. It has been sold in 55 territories and in 50 languages, and has spent more than 180 consecutive weeks on The New York Times best-seller list since 2008.1 Ticket sales from opening weekend of the first movie in the series, The Hunger Games, made it the third best opening of any film to date (McClintock, 2012). Susan Dominus (2011), writer...

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