Cultural Studies of Science Education

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 305–310 | Cite as

A convenient dichotomy: critical eyes on the limits to biological knowledge



In The Secret Identity of a Biology Textbook: straight and naturally sexed, Jesse Bazzul and Heather Sykes conduct a case study of a biology textbook as an oppressive instructional material. Using queer theory they explore how the text of the biology textbook produces “truths” about sex, gender, and sexuality. Their analysis is complemented by the Forum papers by Jay Lemke and Francis Broadway who broaden the analysis examining the way that what counts as knowledge in science is a political decision while also encouraging authors, including Bazzul and Sykes, to also look critically at their own theoretical lenses. In this paper I pull together their ideas while exploring cultural contexts for a more nuanced representation of biological knowledge and the politics of what it means to know science.


Biology Nature of science Sex Gender Ideology Sexuality History 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Steinhardt School of CultureEducation, and Human Development, New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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