Published in McGill Journal of Education, Volume 43, Issue 1, January 1, 2008, pages 33-48.
Copyright © 2008 McGill
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Elizabeth Meyer was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
This article aims to reformulate existing understandings of bullying behaviours in secondary schools, by applying a critical feminist lens to patterns of verbal and psychological harassment among students. Through this understanding, educators may better understand the causes of (hetero)sexist, transphobic, and homophobic behaviours. With a more complex awareness of these power relations, teachers, teacher educators, and educational leadership scholars will be offered critical approaches to help them transform the oppressive cultures of schools.