Compulsory Heterosexuality

  • Dennis A. Francis
Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)


In this chapter, I will show how heterosexuality is normalized in schools through at least three ways. First, the ways curriculum policies, teaching, and learning material advantage heterosexuality. Second, through pedagogy, classroom norms, routines, and practices that celebrate and privilege heterosexuality (desire, relationships, dating, marriage, reproduction, nuclear family). Third, what teachers say and do that legitimates heterosexuality and hinders the teaching of non-normative sexualities. I conclude by showing how the interplay of policy, curriculum, and teaching coalesce and impede the teaching and learning of gender and sexuality diversity in the South African classroom.


Sexual Orientation Sexuality Education Classroom Discussion Sexuality Diversity Soap Opera 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis A. Francis
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social AnthropologyStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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