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‘You Could Be Surprised How Sweet and Caring Some Guys Are’: Girls’ Writings about Sexuality, Romance and Conflict

WithJoanne Cassar

This chapter focuses on an ethnographic study conducted in a postsecondary school in Malta about graffiti written by female students on toilet doors. It focuses on how these students strove to resolve their conflicts and perplexities related to their sexual expressions, desires and encounters. It analyses why students resorted to writing and drawing graffiti on toilet doors to articulate conflict and the implications that this might have had on their lives. The study regards the female toilets as sites that displayed, constructed and performed gender through fragmented biographical accounts. The girl's writings reflect a complex and compartmentalised world. The chapter demonstrates that a number of adolescent girls rely on peers to resolve their conflicts related to matters of a sexual nature. It argues in favour of learning and teaching approaches in sexuality education, to bring student's actual and perceived conflicts to the fore and to validate their voice. It suggests that friends rather than adults provide sources of sexual information.