Date of Award
PHD - Doctor of Philosophy
Counseling & Psychology
Peiwei Li, PhD
Rakhshanda Saleem, PhD
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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Number of Pages
Rosinski, Carla, "Disrupting Cis/Heteronormativity and Interrogating Whiteness: The Advancement of Counseling Through Critical Sex Education" (2021). Counseling and Psychology Dissertations. 9.