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Transgender and art in the school curriculum

Dittman, R; Meecham, P; (2006) Transgender and art in the school curriculum. Sex Education , 6 (4) pp. 403-414. 10.1080/14681810600982176. Green open access

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Abstract

The intention of this paper is two-fold. First, it makes explicit a little known and poorly understood area of human experience: transgender. Second, it explores curriculum possibilities opened up by recent legitimating of transgender people through the Gender Recognition Act (2004). The Act foregrounds the necessity for a forum in schools to debate, reflect and understand the full implications of changes to legislation. This paper proposes that, rather than approaching transgender issues through biological science or through the levelling gaze of citizenship, issues of gender identity can be understood without censure through the visual arts. Moreover, the visual arts offer a 'safe place' to discuss issues around the body because they allow distance and, in offering visual representations rather than text-based work, make visually concrete what science ethically cannot.

Type: Article
Title: Transgender and art in the school curriculum
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14681810600982176
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1530235
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