In “Two Boys Kissing, ” David Levithan Shares The Stories

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In “Two Boys Kissing, ” David Levithan shares the stories of seven teenagers who are all gay, and the experiences they have while coming to terms with it. Even though three of the main characters have different stories and are at different stages their everyday experiences are influenced by gender as a process, the social construction of gender, and oppression. These three concepts shape and influence the stories shared in this book, but the main theme stands true and that is to be proud of who you are as a person and an individual no matter who that may be. Ryan and Avery’s story begins when they meet for the first time at a Gay Prom late one Friday night. They share their first dance, and at the end of the evening Ryan gives Avery his…show more content…
Ryan and Avery hang out canoeing for a day in Ryan’s small town, and this experience greatly improves Avery’s gender identity. Avery begins to see himself more clearly, and accept his masculine roles. One way this improvement in Avery’s gender identity is shown is when he kisses Ryan before he gets in the car to drive home. That kiss symbolizes that he fully accepting he who is as a person, and that he likes Ryan and is not afraid to show his feelings. Another way the improvement in Avery’s gender identity is shown is when he calls Ryan and goes to see Ryan again, and they go exploring and playing imaginary mini golf. The core concept of the social construction of gender does affect both Ryan and Avery and their experiences they have. In the beginning the social construction of gender prevents Ryan and Avery from attending the town’s “normal prom”. The social construction creates the gender norm that only males and females can attend the prom together. This gender norm strengthens the oppression of not letting these teenagers who are different from the gender norm from experiencing this “normal prom”. Another time when Ryan and Avery experience the effects of the social construction of gender is when they are hanging out for the second time exploring and playing imaginary mini golf, and they run into this bully named Skylar. In Skylar’s opinion the gender norm is that only men and women can go on dates, so Ryan and Avery are breaking that gender norm. Skylar harasses

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