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”Det börjar dofta… mer kvinna om dig”. En studie om framställning av kön och sexualitet i faktaböcker för barn och ungdomar

Wallentin, Emma LU (2017) GNVK02 20161
Department of Gender Studies
Abstract
The purpose of this essay is to examine how two nonfiction books for children in the category sexual education from Sweden portrays gender and sexuality. Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis is the method of choice, where the nonfiction books are seen as part of a discourse in which language is not neutral. The analysis is based on Judith Butler’s theories on the heterosexual matrix and Stuart Hall’s theories of representation.
The study got mixed results. On one hand, the result shows how one of the books is significantly influenced by the heterosexual norm, while the other highly deviated from it. This was seen in how sexuality was described where one explains that all sexual feelings are similar, while the other suggests... (More)
The purpose of this essay is to examine how two nonfiction books for children in the category sexual education from Sweden portrays gender and sexuality. Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis is the method of choice, where the nonfiction books are seen as part of a discourse in which language is not neutral. The analysis is based on Judith Butler’s theories on the heterosexual matrix and Stuart Hall’s theories of representation.
The study got mixed results. On one hand, the result shows how one of the books is significantly influenced by the heterosexual norm, while the other highly deviated from it. This was seen in how sexuality was described where one explains that all sexual feelings are similar, while the other suggests that boys’ sexuality is more natural than girls’. On the other hand, there were still problems in how the reproductive system was described, where in some cases the genital is explained with attributes related to stereotypical images of men and women. For example, the female body is described in greater relation to the reproductive system than the male, and both books showed on a discourse where the penis size is important for one’s masculinity. (Less)
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Wallentin, Emma LU
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GNVK02 20161
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Nonfiction children’s books, sexual education, heterosexual matrix, representation
language
Swedish
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8905757
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2017-06-15 10:51:33
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this essay is to examine how two nonfiction books for children in the category sexual education from Sweden portrays gender and sexuality. Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis is the method of choice, where the nonfiction books are seen as part of a discourse in which language is not neutral. The analysis is based on Judith Butler’s theories on the heterosexual matrix and Stuart Hall’s theories of representation.
The study got mixed results. On one hand, the result shows how one of the books is significantly influenced by the heterosexual norm, while the other highly deviated from it. This was seen in how sexuality was described where one explains that all sexual feelings are similar, while the other suggests that boys’ sexuality is more natural than girls’. On the other hand, there were still problems in how the reproductive system was described, where in some cases the genital is explained with attributes related to stereotypical images of men and women. For example, the female body is described in greater relation to the reproductive system than the male, and both books showed on a discourse where the penis size is important for one’s masculinity.},
  author       = {Wallentin, Emma},
  keyword      = {Nonfiction children’s books,sexual education,heterosexual matrix,representation},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {”Det börjar dofta… mer kvinna om dig”. En studie om framställning av kön och sexualitet i faktaböcker för barn och ungdomar},
  year         = {2017},
}