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Dr David Mair     Head of CounsellingUniversity of Birmingham
 Wemake sense of our lives through the narratives that are available to us at the time and place in history into which we...
Our tales are spun – but forthe most part we don‟t spinthem, they spin us.K. Gergen
1978University of Newcastle upon            Tyne      Me - 18 YEARS OLD    Sexuality: unknown         DON‟T BE            ...
 The   “Heterosexual Assumption” the notion that “…every adolescent will find a partner of the opposite sex, settle down...
 There is nothing „fixed‟ about our identity  narratives Think about how narratives have changed  and are continuing to ...
So sexuality as a basis foridentity = modernphenomenon
PERVERTED  SICK                   BEING TRUE TO YOURSELFNATURAL VARIETY                                 EQUAL OPPS CONFORM...
 Western  liberal narratives of sexuality v  Religious/Other cultural narratives of  sexuality Essentialist narratives o...
 Indifferent? Supportive? Proactive? Reactive? Any „space‟ for s.m. students? How are they  „mirrored‟ and welcomed?...
DON‟T BE COYJOIN GAYSOC
Narratives  and why they matter
Narratives  and why they matter
Narratives  and why they matter
Narratives  and why they matter
Narratives  and why they matter
Narratives  and why they matter
Narratives  and why they matter
Narratives  and why they matter
Narratives  and why they matter
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Narratives and why they matter

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Narratives and why they matter

  1. 1. Dr David Mair Head of CounsellingUniversity of Birmingham
  2. 2.  Wemake sense of our lives through the narratives that are available to us at the time and place in history into which we have been „thrown‟.
  3. 3. Our tales are spun – but forthe most part we don‟t spinthem, they spin us.K. Gergen
  4. 4. 1978University of Newcastle upon Tyne Me - 18 YEARS OLD Sexuality: unknown DON‟T BE COY JOIN GAYSOC
  5. 5.  The “Heterosexual Assumption” the notion that “…every adolescent will find a partner of the opposite sex, settle down, get married, ultimately procreate and raise children” (K Plummer, 1981)
  6. 6.  There is nothing „fixed‟ about our identity narratives Think about how narratives have changed and are continuing to change about…
  7. 7. So sexuality as a basis foridentity = modernphenomenon
  8. 8. PERVERTED SICK BEING TRUE TO YOURSELFNATURAL VARIETY EQUAL OPPS CONFORMING INDIFFERENCE SINFUL
  9. 9.  Western liberal narratives of sexuality v Religious/Other cultural narratives of sexuality Essentialist narratives of masculinity/femininity, homo/heterosexuality clash with queer narratives of identity Clashes are increasingly common in a globalised society Can lead to huge internal distress for individuals
  10. 10.  Indifferent? Supportive? Proactive? Reactive? Any „space‟ for s.m. students? How are they „mirrored‟ and welcomed? How do we – should we? – affirm life narratives of sexual minority students?
  11. 11. DON‟T BE COYJOIN GAYSOC

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