Dude, You're a Fag Masculinity and Sexuality in High School

ISBN-10: 0520252306

ISBN-13: 9780520252301

Edition: 2007

Authors: C. J. Pascoe

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High school and the difficult terrain of sexuality and gender identity are brilliantly explored in this smart, incisive ethnography. Based on eighteen months of fieldwork in a racially diverse, working-class high school, Dude, You're a Fag plumbs the dynamics of masculinity among high school boys and sheds new light on masculinity both as a field of meaning and as a set of social practices. C.J. Pascoe's unorthodox approach analyzes masculinity as not only a gendered process but also as a sexual one. In immersing herself in the day-to-day life of her chosen school, she finds homophobia not only rampant throughout, but also tolerated by a faculty and administration who allow sexually suggestive and aggressive behavior by males under the dismissive guise of "boys will be boys." She further finds that if these males are African American, the same behavior is more highly scrutinized and more likely to be punished. Pascoe makes vivid and effective use the voices of the students themselves to describe their own complicated notions of sexuality. She demonstrates how the "specter of the fag" serves as a disciplinary mechanism useful in regulating heterosexual as well as homosexual boys and shows how the prevalent "fag discourse" is as much tied to gender as it is to sexuality. She adds the surprising discovery that masculine and lesbian-identified girls enjoy a higher social status than feminine boys. The book analyzes the practices and locutions of masculinity at multiple levels and across multiple school sites: in the weight room, the auto shop, a social science classroom, and the drama room. In investigating the widest spectrum of players - boys, girls, students, teachers, and administrators - Pascoe is able to link their ideas of masculinity to the larger social problems of teen violence, homophobia, gender inequality, and education itself.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/4/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

C.J. Pascoeis Postdoctoral Scholar with the Digital Youth Project at the Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of California, Berkeley.

Acknowledgments
Making Masculinity: Adolescence, Identity, and High School
Revenge of the Nerds
What Do We Mean by Masculinity?
Bringing in Sexuality
Rethinking Masculinity, Sexuality, and Bodies
Methodology
Organization of the Book
Becoming Mr. Cougar: Institutionalizing Heterosexuality and Masculinity at River High
River High's Gender and Sexuality Curriculum
Pedagogy: The Unofficial Gender and Sexuality Curriculum
School Rituals: Performing and Policing Gender and Sexuality
Gender and Sexuality Regimes
Dude, You're a Fag: Adolescent Male Homophobia
What Is a Fag? Gendered Meanings
Becoming a Fag: Fag Fluidity
Embodying the Fag: Ricky's Story
Racializing the Fag
Where the Fag Disappears: Drama Performances
Reframing Homophobia
Compulsive Heterosexuality: Masculinity and Dominance
A Stud with the Ladies
Getting Girls
Touching
Sex Talk
Girls Respond
I'm Different from Other Guys
Females Are the Puppets
Look at My Masculinity! Girls Who Act Like Boys
Tomboy Pasts
Rebeca and the Basketball Girls
The Homecoming Queen: Jessie Chau
The Gay/Straight Alliance Girls
Embodying Masculinity
Conclusion: Thinking about Schooling, Gender, and Sexuality
Masculinity at River High
Theoretical Implications
Practical Steps
What If a Guy Hits on You? Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Age in Fieldwork with Adolescents
Notes
References
Index
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