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

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Publisher Comments:

"Laced with evocative stories based on ethnographic observations and interviews with high school kids, Dude, You're a Fag tells gripping stories of life in high school, while helping to extend the cutting edge of scholarly theory on gender and sexualities. C.J. Pascoe has contributed a highly readable and extremely insightful book that will be required reading for students and scholars of youth and the construction of sex and gender in schools."—Michael A. Messner, author of Taking the Field: Women, Men and Sports

"This is a strikingly original study of schoolboys renegotiating class, gender, and ethnicity, along with the labeling as 'fag'. Here homophobia is at work in a path breaking study, which is also a highly readable must-read."—Ken Plummer, University of Essex, and editor of Sexualities

"We know that schools are a central site for the construction of gender identity, but until C. J. Pascoe's careful and compassionate ethnography, we haven't known exactly how gender conformity is extracted from a slurry of humiliations, fears, and anxieties. Boys will not be boys unless they are made to be, by violence, real or implied. A troubling, thoughtful work."—Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood in America

"Pascoe's thoughtful analysis of the rhetorical and interactional processes that constitute the field of masculinity for young, high school men coming of age is rich and engaging. With fresh insight and careful observation, Pascoe sheds new light on the complex interplay of masculinity, homophobia, sexuality, and the body, compelling us to rethink the formation of gender identities, collective gender practices, and the reproduction of gender inequalities."—Amy L. Best, author of Prom Night: Youth, Schools and Popular Culture and Fast Cars, Cool Rides: The Accelerating World of Youth and Their Cars

"In this superb ethnography of daily life in a contemporary high school, C. J. Pascoe highlights the sexualized dynamics of youthful masculinity. With vivid detail and perceptive analysis, she examines the 'fag talk' which pervades boys' conversations; the convergence of gender, sexual, and racialized practices in school rituals like the 'Mr. Cougar' contest; and the experiences of girls who display themselves as masculine. The result is a book that breaks fresh ground in masculinity and gender studies-and is a very good read!"—Barrie Thorne, author of Gender Play: Girls and Boys in School

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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, andadministrators - Pascoe is able to link their ideas of masculinity to the larger social problems of teen violence, homophobia, gender inequality, and education itself.

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. 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

2. Becoming Mr. Cougar: Institutionalizing Heterosexuality and Masculinity at River High

River Highs Gender and Sexuality Curriculum

Pedagogy: The Unofficial Gender and Sexuality Curriculum

School Rituals: Performing and Policing Gender and Sexuality

Gender and Sexuality Regimes

3. Dude, Youre a Fag: Adolescent Male Homophobia

What Is a Fag? Gendered Meanings

Becoming a Fag: Fag Fluidity

Embodying the Fag: Rickys Story

Racializing the Fag

Where the Fag Disappears: Drama Performances

Reframing Homophobia

4. Compulsive Heterosexuality: Masculinity and Dominance

A Stud with the Ladies

Getting Girls

Touching

Sex Talk

Girls Respond

Im Different from Other Guys

Females Are the Puppets

5. 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

6. Conclusion: Thinking about Schooling, Gender, and Sexuality

Masculinity at River High

Theoretical Implications

Practical Steps

Appendix: What If a Guy Hits on You? Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Age in Fieldwork with Adolescents

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520252301
Subtitle:
Masculinity and Sexuality in High School
Author:
Pascoe, C J
Author:
Pascoe, C. J.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Gender identity
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Masculinity
Subject:
Children's Studies
Subject:
Life Stages - Adolescence - Sexuality
Subject:
Men's Studies - Masculinity
Subject:
Men's studies
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Subject:
Gender Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20070604
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 12 oz

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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 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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, andadministrators - 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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