Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

PHD - Doctor of Philosophy


Counseling & Psychology

First Advisor

Peiwei Li, PhD

Second Advisor

Rakhshanda Saleem, PhD

Third Advisor

Shanna K. Kattari, PhD, MEd, CSE, ACS


This dissertation provides a critical analysis of how cis/heteronormativity is reproduced and/or challenged in sexuality and gender discourses. Additionally, this research aims for critical consciousness raising and serves as further evidence of the need to integrate critical human sexuality training in counselor education. The meta theoretical orientation of this research combines liberation psychology, queer and Crip theories, and critiques of settler colonialism. These theories combine to illustrate the “wheel of domination” created by colonialism, capitalism, and white supremacy. Critical discourse analysis is utilized with naturalistic occurring data in the form of Podcast episodes on the topics of ‘sex ed’ and ‘sex and/or relationship advice’. The results of the analysis are presented in three parts: sex mis/education, discourse that lacks a structural/power analysis and discourse that contains a structural/power analysis. Ultimately, the critical analysis of cis/heteronormativity illuminates its function in preserving the cultural/sexual ideology that supports the creation and maintenance of systems of oppression including racism and ableism.

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