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SANTOS, Raquel Alexandre Pinho dos. Body, sexuality and difference: an essay on the school coexistence. Contrapontos [online]. 2011, vol.11, n.03, pp.288-298. ISSN 1984-7114.

This text presents a theoretical essay for the thematic area of “Education and Diversity”, in which I highlight the challenge of recognizing sexual diversity in the student-teacher relationship, based on the principle of difference as part of the human reality. On the other hand, the school has always exercised a distinctive action, promoting a standardization and homogeneity of hegemonic social-cultural characteristics. I also investigate the theme of the body and its place in society, as the object of discriminatory processes. I make a link between Cartesian dualism and the paradigm of corporeity. I then seek to highlight the challenge of education for diversity and tolerance. Finally, I address the silence that surrounds gender and sexuality, the appreciation of heteronormativity and the denial of sexual diversity in the pedagogical processes. With this, I propose a queer positioning as an alternative route to a fairer education that considers cultural plurality.

Palabras clave : Queer Theory; Sexualities; Genders.

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