ABSTRACT

Based on a moment of moral panic that arose while drawing Internet-found images with a five-year-old girl who favored an image of a female that, for the author, seemed both kitsch-like and sexually suggestive, this chapter explores some of the heteronormative tensions and assumptions immanent to making art with children. Specifically, the author of this chapter draws on the work of Donna Haraway (2016), notably her conception of “troubles” and “response-abilities,” as well as the work of noted queer theorist Kathryn Bond Stockton (e.g., 2009) to inquire about how we might linger with these moments of panic and discomfort in order to ‘queer’ the notion of child innocence, a concept prevalent in Western histories of childhood art.