Cavanagh, Sheila L. (2013) Co-edited with Angela Failler and Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst. Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Cavanagh, Sheila L. (2010) Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality, and the Hygienic
Imagination. Toronto: The University of Toronto Press.
The intersection of public washrooms and gender has become increasingly politicized in recent years: queer and trans folk have been harassed for allegedly using the 'wrong' washroom, while widespread campaigns have advocated for more gender-neutral facilities. In Queering Bathrooms, Sheila L. Cavanagh explores how public toilets demarcate the masculine and the feminine and condition ideas of gender and sexuality.
Based on 100 interviews with GLBT and/or intersex peoples in major North American cities, Cavanagh delves into the ways that queer and trans communities challenge the rigid gendering and heteronormative composition of public washrooms. Incorporating theories from queer studies, trans studies, psychoanalysis, and the work of Michel Foucault, Cavanagh argues that the cultural politics of excretion is intimately related to the regulation of gender and sexuality. Public toilets house the illicit and act as repositories for the social unconscious. Also offering suggestions for imagining a more inclusive public washroom, Queering Bathrooms asserts that although toilets are not typically considered within traditional scholarly bounds, they form a crucial part of our modern understanding of sex and gender.
Queering Bathrooms is a GLBT Indie Book Award finalist and recipient of the
CWSA/ACEF Outstanding Scholarship Prize Honourable Mention.
Sheila Cavanagh discusses Queering Bathrooms book:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wahE2b3aJh8 and www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMtJZ4TbiJ0
Review of Queering Bathrooms ::: Times Higher Education
Queering Bathrooms Review ::: Out in Print
Queer Bathroom Monologues | Prof Sheila Cavanagh | LA&PS | York U ::: YouTube
CBC.ca | Metro Morning | Wrong Bathroom? ::: CBC.ca radio interview
Bathrooms Around the World: History, Myths and Quirks ::: YouTube
Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality, and the Hygienic Imagination ::: YouTube
Our relationships with the john ::: Xtra book review
New book examines archaic attitudes associated with bathrooms ::: Y-File
What Exactly Are You Doing in There? Sheila Cavanagh’s Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality and the Hygienic Imagination ::: Fuse magazine review
Occupied: York Professor's Book Looks at Gender Segregation in Public Bathrooms ::: Canada Higher Education and Career News – canadian-universities.net
Public Restrooms Are Having a Moment ::: HASTAC
Toronto's flush with unisex washrooms ::: thestar.com
Cavanagh, Sheila L. 2007. Sexing the Teacher: School Sex Scandals and Queer Pedagogies. University of British Columbia Press: Vancouver.
Sexing the teacher is a provocative analysis of public and professional responses to female teacher sex scandals in Canada, the United States and Britain. Sheila Cavanagh examines the social panic and psychic anxiety over sexual transgressions in education by analyzing several sensationalized legal cases, including Mary Kay Letourneau (USA), Amy Gehring (England), and Heather Ingram (Canada). Deploying queer theory, psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, and feminist film theory, Cavanagh analyses deep-seated anxieties about white female teacher desire and social subjectivity in the educational milieu. The book goes beyond morality to ask new and unsettling questions about queer sociality in schools. Arguing that foundational assumptions about race, gender, class, sexuality, citizenship, nation and family are key to understanding school sex scandals, Cavanagh questions the conventional wisdom and politics governing our conceptualization of sexual transgressions in education. Sexing the Teacher demonstrates that upset over female teacher sexual transgressions, ostensibly about child welfare, is also about the regulation of gender, heteronormative, and white reproductive futures: a hidden curriculum in Western educational systems.
Timely, original and destined to be controversial this book sets out to undermine moral discourses about childhood and adult sexualities while, also, offering a Foucauldian inspired critique of the damage that gets done in the name of child protection. Concerned not only with the welfare of students but teachers, Cavanagh theorizes the paternalism (and dangers) of legal and professional discourses. Sexing the Teacher makes the kind of "trouble" for educational moralities that Judith Butler's Gender Trouble made for feminist conceptions of sex.
Sexing the Teacher was given honourable mention by the Canadian Women's Studies Association for their annual book award.
Sexing the Teacher: School Sex Scandals and Queer Pedagogies::: Law & Society review [PDF]
Sexing the Teacher: School Sex Scandals and Queer Pedagogies::: CWS review [PDF]
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