Into the Woods

As a practicing middle school English Language Arts teacher and researcher in the Northeastern US, I am interested in the stories adolescents tell about their lives. To this end, my research in classrooms is ethnographic and privileges the stories girls tell about their experiences of being marginalized, silenced, and punished, often by other girls. One story in [...]

GEA Responds to UK PSHE Review

GEA’s policy officer, Miriam David, coordinated our response to the UK government’s current consultation on Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). She drew on a wealth of expertise within the GEA executive. This includes: Claire Maxwell’s recent work for Womankind entitled The Freedom to Achieve, Fin Cullen’s experience and [...]

Are girls victims of their own sexual agency? Sexualisation, sexual violence and schooling

On the 15th October the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) organisation called upon the Coalition Government to urgently address the “alarming levels” of sexual harassment and violence against young women in schools. Their YouGov 2010 online survey of 788 16-18 year olds found that a third (29%) of young women reported unwanted sexual touching at [...]

Violences and Silences: Shaming, Blaming – and Intervening

[ October 12, 2010 to October 14, 2010. ] 12 – 14 October, 2010 Room Temcas, T-House, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

In Violences and Silences the focus will be on the role of silences and silencing, shame and blaming for maintaining violence. In this vein, an important part of the conference is to explore ways of expanding the concept of “perpetrator”, and discussions on intervention [...]