“Institutionalized States of Information Abstinence”

Cut-up Inquiry of Sex Educators’ Erasure Poems


  • Kathleen (Kaye) A. Hare University of British Columbia




poetic inquiry, sex education, erasure poetry, arts-based methods, embodiment


In this study, I provide applied examples of using cut-up poetic inquiry as an arts-based research method for analyzing erasure poetry. The erasure poetry was composed by five poet-participants and me during a sensory ethnography that explored embodied experiences of a sexual educator training program. I first overview erasure poetics in the context of sexuality education. I explain how erasure poetry as method can interrupt authoritative proclamations of truth, while also providing a technique to grapple with complex, corporeal data – central topics in sex education research. I then theorize cut-up poetic inquiry as an additional form of erasure, asking and illustrating how the processes of cut-up can distill information to enable emergent analytic insights in the context of my research. Throughout, I meditate on how erasure poetry as an arts- based research method can contribute to discussions of language, discourse, and embodiment in sex education research.

Author Biography

Kathleen (Kaye) A. Hare, University of British Columbia

Kaye Hare is a SSHRC-funded Ph.D. Candidate and Public Scholar at the University of British Columbia. She has taught as a sessional faculty member at the University of British Columbia and University Canada West. Her research interests include embodiment, sex education, and arts-based methods. She loves documentaries and small stories.




How to Cite

Hare, K. (Kaye) A. . (2021). “Institutionalized States of Information Abstinence”: Cut-up Inquiry of Sex Educators’ Erasure Poems. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 6(2), 415–441. https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29540