truth. For me, this pedagogy implies a responsibility on the part of teachers and students to generate tentative, partial, and context-specific understandings of issues and events and to recover the connections between the personal, the educational, the political, and the theoretical.
I think it is fair to say that over the years I have taught 'Constructions of Gender in the Media', I have received at least one complaint each semester from someone in class who was 'offended', 'disturbed', 'violated', or 'angry' about a text used in class. This has ranged from frustration over the pornography presentation described earlier, to my assigning Carol Clover book Men, Women, and Chainsaws ('I don't watch horror films; why should I have to read about them?'), to anger at screening Marlon Rigg Tongues Untied ('Why does he say that Black men loving Black men is the revolutionary act? Where does that leave me as a lesbian?'). There is no unproblematic text as far as my class and my students go. If everything goes well, classes are full of the 'unusual and unexpected'. Cultural Studies approaches provides ways for teachers and students to see ourselves differently, to be together differently, and to construct knowledge differently 'in' and 'out' of the classroom. I encourage students to examine everything they can get their hands on, to investigate their pleasures, and to analyze their responses. Cultural Studies provides me with pedagogical frameworks for directly engaging with the 'pedagogical moments' of classrooms rather than contributing to their further denial and repression.
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