Sexuality & Culture

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 221–239 | Cite as

Docile Bodies and Heteronormative Moral Subjects: Constructing the Child and Sexual Knowledge in Schooling

  • Kerry RobinsonEmail author
  • Cristyn Davies
Original Paper


This paper explores the complex relationship between childhood and sexuality by identifying prevailing discourses underpinning the repression and regulation of children’s knowledge of sexuality in Australia since the 1950’s. Examining several primary schooling Health Curricula, and Professional Development, Health and Physical Education Syllabi from the 1950’s to the turn of the new century, we trace the construction of the child and children’s knowledge of sexuality in early childhood (K-6). We believe that teaching sexual knowledge within schooling culture needs to be better aligned with the changing lives of children so as to adequately address different and diverse family experiences.


Sexuality Childhood Regulation Sexual knowledge Heteronormative 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Western SydneySydneyAustralia

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