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Sexing the Teacher

School Sex Scandals and Queer Pedagogies

Sexing the Teacher is a provocative study of public and professional responses to female teacher sex scandals in Canada, the United States and Britain. Sheila Cavanagh examines the moral and professional panic over sexual transgressions in the educational milieu by analyzing several sensationalized legal cases, including Mary Kay Letourneau, Amy Gehring, and Heather Ingram.

240 pages

Sexuality Stud

Table of Contents


1 Introduction: Queer Pedagogy and Sex Scandals in Education

2 Teacher’s Pet: Mary Kay Letourneau and Her Fall from Grace in White America

3 Upsetting Desires in the Classroom: Annie Markson and the Queer Pedagogy of the Femme Fatale

4 Sexing the Teacher: Voyeuristic Pleasure in the Amy Gehring Sex Panic

5 Erotic Discipline: Eros, Aggression, and Maternal Pedagogies in the Heather Ingram Case

6 Sex in the Lesbian Teacher’s Closet: The Hybrid Proliferation of Queers in the Jean Robertson Scandal

7 Conclusion: Troubling Methodological Memoirs and Queer Pedagogies of Pederasty




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