Oz: Prof decries preschool chairs as gendered, sexist ‘instruments of torture’

Oz: Prof decries preschool chairs as gendered, sexist ‘instruments of torture’
It seems like such a nice place. (Image: Screen grab of YouTube video)

[Ed. – None of this makes any sense.  But I’m not sure it’s meant to.  Making sense is now a torturous “artefact” of gendered patriarchy.]

In an academic journal article published earlier this month, Professor Jane Bone of Monash University in Austrailia argued that preschool classroom chairs are “problematic” and “gendered.”

The article argues that the small chair is a contentious and ambiguous artefact, which is taken for granted in early childhood settings, but also problematic when considered from different perspectives – an apparatus that both supports and betrays the body/ies that are in contact with it. Chairs, as objects that furnish human lives, can also haunt those lives and give contradictory messages of power, comfort and suffering. Now and to come, the chair is a trace, a symbol, an instrument of torture and object of desire.

Bone focuses primarily on the experience of adult teachers, who she claims are forced to deal with these “instruments of torture” on a daily basis in their preschool classrooms.

“In my first intra-active encounter with the small chair, I felt that it talked back to me about the preschool as a workplace that is gendered, feminised, child-focused and ultimately disempowering,” Bone wrote.

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