Dude, You're a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School / Edition 1

Dude, You're a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School / Edition 1

by C. J. Pascoe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520248627

ISBN-13: 9780520248625

Pub. Date: 06/04/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

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 sheds new light on masculinity both as a field of meaning and as a set of social practices. C. J. Pascoe's unorthodox

Overview

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 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 a sexual one. She demonstrates how the "specter of the fag" becomes a disciplinary mechanism for regulating heterosexual as well as homosexual boys and how the "fag discourse" is as much tied to gender as it is to sexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520248625
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/04/2007
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Making Masculinity: Adolescence, Identity, and High School     1
Revenge of the Nerds     1
What Do We Mean by Masculinity?     6
Bringing in Sexuality     9
Rethinking Masculinity, Sexuality, and Bodies     13
Methodology     15
Organization of the Book     22
Becoming Mr. Cougar: Institutionalizing Heterosexuality and Masculinity at River High     25
River High's Gender and Sexuality Curriculum     28
Pedagogy: The Unofficial Gender and Sexuality Curriculum     31
School Rituals: Performing and Policing Gender and Sexuality     39
Gender and Sexuality Regimes     50
Dude, You're a Fag: Adolescent Male Homophobia     52
What Is a Fag? Gendered Meanings     55
Becoming a Fag: Fag Fluidity     59
Embodying the Fag: Ricky's Story     65
Racializing the Fag     71
Where the Fag Disappears: Drama Performances     78
Reframing Homophobia     81
Compulsive Heterosexuality: Masculinity and Dominance     84
A Stud with the Ladies     87
Getting Girls     92
Touching     96
Sex Talk     101
Girls Respond     104
I'm Different from Other Guys     107
Females Are the Puppets     113
Look at My Masculinity! Girls Who Act Like Boys     115
Tomboy Pasts     117
Rebeca and the Basketball Girls     120
The Homecoming Queen: Jessie Chau     133
The Gay/Straight Alliance Girls     140
Embodying Masculinity     151
Conclusion: Thinking about Schooling, Gender, and Sexuality     156
Masculinity at River High     157
Theoretical Implications     163
Practical Steps     167
Appendix: What If a Guy Hits on You? Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Age in Fieldwork with Adolescents     175
Notes     195
References     201
Index     215

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