Directions: Heterosexism can be found in almost every social institution

 

Directions:

Heterosexism can be found in almost every social institution within society, especially amongst early childhood education. For our writing assignment this week, I want you to pick your favorite childhood storybook, and apply a heterosexist analysis to it. In a 1-2 page es, please answer the following questions: 

Directions:

1. Provide a short summary of your children’s book. 

2. Does this story uphold heterosexist ideas? (i.e. are there any signs that heterosexuality is assumed/normal?)

3. Does this story uphold traditional gender roles/expectations? Why or why not? How can you tell?

4. Reflection: How do you think a child with non-heterosexual or non-gender conforming parents would feel while reading this book? 

5. How can early childhood education be more encompassing/inclusive/supportive of diverse sexual/gender identities?

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