Pedagogical Performances of Class, Gender, and Sexuality

This weeks’ article was very different from what I have normally been reading thus far, and also I must say it was unexpected. Nevertheless, it is still an important topic to discuss. In the article Butch, Bi, and Bar Dyke: Pedagogical Performances of Class, Gender, and Sexuality, university professors Michelle Gibson, Martha Marinara and Deborah Meem each contribute a narrative that explains their experiences in teaching as marginalized individuals in a classroom setting. Thee three stories in this article explores the identity of feminist and queer women among students. their voices create a narrative that makes a connection between social and political purpose in pedagogy.

In the first section, Bi: playing with fixed identities Martha Marinara talks about the social relationship of labels and how others apply these classified labels to their identity.

Secondly, in the next story Butch: personal pedagogy and the butch body Deborah Meem explains how these labels create her experience in the academic world.

Lastly, in Bar dike: a cocktail waitress teaches writing Gibson tells her experience with students in the classroom as it relates to her sexuality.

Often people make assumptions that teachers and other academic staff teaching students fir into a specific characteristic, that is straight, male and middle class. Even so, one should not make those assumptions because concerns of gender and sexuality should not matter in the classroom, as long as students are learning strategically and teachers are teaching effectively.  Also, another main point that was critical in the article is the assumption that heterosexual teachers are more professional than those who are openly lesbian, bi or anything other than the norm. This notion also creates conflict in an academic setting and makes a lesbian or gay person not feel comfortable.

Overall, I enjoyed reading the stories of these three authors, however, personally, I was not very interested in this topic of women and LGBT studies because topics of gender roles and sexuality are not interesting to me.

Click HERE to read the article! 


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