Popular film and television hold valuable potential for learning about sex and sexuality beyond the information-based model of sex education currently in schools. This book argues that the representation of complicated—or "messy"—relationships in these popular cultural forms makes them potent as affective pedagogical moments. It endeavours to develop new sexual literacies by contemplating how pedagogical moments, that is, fleeting moments which disrupt expectations or create discomfort, might enrich the available discourses of sexuality and gender, especially those available to adolescents. In Part One, Clarke critiques the heteronormative discourses of sex education that produce youth in particularly gendered ways, noting that "rationality" is often expected to govern experiences that are embodied and arguably inherently incoherent. Part Two explores public intimacy, contemplating the often overlapping and confused boundaries between public and private.

chapter |27 pages


Pedagogical Moments

chapter 1|30 pages

Beyond Repetitive Endings

Teen Film, Fake Orgasm and Performance in Easy A

chapter 2|32 pages

Becoming Pregnant

Girlhood, Responsibility and “Irrationality” in Juno

chapter 3|27 pages

Constructing Virginity

Religion, Secularism and Abstinence in Looking for Alibrandi and The Rage in Placid Lake

chapter 4|40 pages

Touching Fingers, Touching Lips

Exploring Heteronormativity, Affect and Queer Relationships in Glee

chapter 5|29 pages

Flirting with Uncertainty

Disability, Communication and Challenging Normal in The Black Balloon

chapter 6|26 pages

Uncomfortable Feelings

Grief, Hospitality and Belonging in Skins