chapter  9
16 Pages

Pleasure/Desire, Sexularism, and Sexuality Education


In an article on gender and heteronormativity, Robyn Weigman (2006) argues that that “gender is always made and remade according to the political desire that seeks it in the fi rst place” (p. 99, emphasis in original). This suggests there is not a position on gender that one might take that is somehow outside politics. In a recent article critiquing feminist ideals related to adolescent sexuality education, Sharon Lamb (2010a) demonstrates how feminist political desires have shaped the fi eld of sexuality education in problematic ways by emphasising particular understanding of pleasure, desire, and the “good” “that may have diff erent historical meanings for girls from diverse backgrounds . . . [and] may undermine other important goals of feminism” (p. 294).