Pin-Balling and Boners: The Posthuman Phallus and Intra-Activist Sexuality Assemblages in Secondary School

  • Emma Renold
  • Jessica Ringrose


This chapter explores how a feminist posthuman and new materialism research framework can help us to rethink and rework sexual regulation and harassment in secondary schools. We consider two case studies from our joint research project ‘Feminism in Schools: Mapping Impact in Practice’. Drawing on theoretical and methodological insights from Deleuze and Guattari, Rosi Braidotti and Karen Barad, we outline our ideas of enacting ‘posthuman feminist intra-activist research assemblages’. Using a diffractive lens to bring disparate moments of our research data together, we explore the fleshy materialism of phallogocentric touch, sound, and space. Politically, we engage with Barad’s notion of researcher ‘response-ability’ to consider what can and cannot be spoken about, and what is blocked, re-routed, and transformed in relation to sexualities research in secondary schools.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emma Renold
    • 1
  • Jessica Ringrose
    • 2
  1. 1.Cardiff UniversityWalesUK
  2. 2.UCL Institute of EducationLondonUK

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