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Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice$
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Niels Teunis and Gilbert Herdt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520246140

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520246140.001.0001

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Sexual Inequality, Youth Empowerment, and the GSA: A Community Study in California

Sexual Inequality, Youth Empowerment, and the GSA: A Community Study in California

(p.233) Chapter 10 Sexual Inequality, Youth Empowerment, and the GSA: A Community Study in California
Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice

Gilbert Herdt

Stephen T. Russell

Jeffrey Sweat

Michelle Marzullo

University of California Press

“Sexuality” as a cultural notion has gradually expanded since the 1960s to include a broad spectrum of identities, rights, and communities. In effect, this has enlarged the meaning of “diversity” in neoliberal democracy. More than a generation ago, subjects of studies concerning such issues exclusively engage adults, keeping the youth out of its purview. It reflected the researcher's naivety pertaining to the sexual awareness among the youth. Indeed, only later did advocates move to encompass sexuality as a larger social empowerment for youth. The holistic rejection of sexuality vis-à-vis the youth propelled the youth community to consolidate into enhanced interaction aimed at social justice in cultural spaces. It led to the phenomenon of gay-straight alliances (GSA) as a bulwark against sexual inequality. This chapter appraises the effectiveness of GSA of teachers, administrators, students, and students' families and friends in mitigating suppressed social subjectivity in terms of sexuality.

Keywords:   cultural notion, identities, social empowerment, cultural space, social justice, gay-straight alliance

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