"The boys and the binaries": Current debates in boys education

Year: 1997

Author: Pallotta-Chiarolli, Maria

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

In this paper, I will address current debates and assumptions in boys education that obstruct and limit the work that can be done. Misrepresentations and simplifications of history, feminism, and social, cultural and sexual diversity are sometimes mobilised as forms of resistance to attending to the complexities and subtleties in boys education in the context of gender reform.In addressing current debates, it will become evident that they are often constructed as oppositional discourses within a binary either/or framework.Some of the examples I will present are: essentialism OR socialconstruction; absent father OR present father; pro-feminist or anti-feminist. Each of these dualities homogenises and simplifies issues that require far more contextualised understandings.