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Lecture 9

Lecture 9: Sexuality

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCB22H3
Professor
Vanina Sztainbok
Semester
Winter

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SOCB22 – Lecture 9 (March 11) Homophobia and Transphobia in Schools in Canada  70% of all participating students, LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ, reported hearing expressions such as “that‟s so gay”, everyday in school and almost half (48%) reported hearing remarks such as "faggot," "lezbo," and "dyke" every day in school.  Verbal Violence o Almost 10% of LGBTQ students reported having heard homophobic comments from teachers daily or weekly (17% of trans students; 10% of female sexual minority students; and 8% of male sexual minority students). Even more LGBTQ students reported that they had heard teachers use negative gender-related or trans- phobic comments daily or weekly: 23% of trans students; 15% of male sexual minority students; and 12% of female sexual minority students. o Hardly any LGBTQ students reported that they never heard homophobic comments from other students (1% of trans students; 2% of female sexual minority students; 4% of male sexual minority students). o This suggests that if you are a sexual minority student in a Canadian school, it is highly likely that you will hear insulting things about your sexual orientation  Physical Violence o More than one in five (21%) LGBTQ students reported being physically harassed or assaulted due to their sexual orientation. 20% of LGBTQ students and almost 10% of non-LGBTQ students reported being physically harassed or assaulted about their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. o 37% of trans students, 21% of sexual minority students, and 10% of non-LGBTQ students reported being physically harassed or assaulted because of their gender expression. o Over a quarter (27%) of youth with LGBTQ parents reported being physically harassed about the sexual orientation of their parents. They are also more likely than their peers to be physically harassed or assaulted in connection with their own gender expression (30% versus 13% of other students), perceived sexual orientation or gender identity (27% versus 12%), gender (25% versus 10%), and sexual orientation (25% versus 11%).  Safety o Almost two thirds (64%) of LGBTQ students and 61% of students with LGBTQ parents reported that they feel unsafe at school. Judith Butler on Gender and Sexuality  What do you think motivates violence against LGBTQ folks and folks whose gender is ambivalent? o Religious beliefs and interpretations o Lack of understanding o Historical Contexts: people who were outside of the norms were often targeted.  “Either with us or against us” – George Bush.  Interlocking analysis o Patriarchal Societies: Trying to assert masculinity. Masculinity Defined in 14 Seconds  Brings up the concept that gender and masculinity is defined
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