The, You 're A Fag : Masculinity And Sexuality

1399 Words Dec 8th, 2014 6 Pages
What is masculinity? Answers may vary depending on who you may ask, C.J. Pascoe’s ethnography titled Dude, You’re A Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School targets high school as being the important location where the term masculinity is asserted, defended and defined by the students who roam the halls of River High. High school is a difficult time for anyone, especially when we bring up the ideals of sexuality and gender identity, all topics which are explored in this ethnography. Pascoe spent around eighteen months of fieldwork in the racially diverse working middle-class River High School. Dude You’re A Fag sheds a new light on masculinity as a meaning as well as a set of social practices. C. J. Pascoe 's unconventional approach examines masculinity as not only a gendered process but also a sexual one. Pascoe demonstrates how the threat of the word 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. Pascoe set up her book in an interesting way; she begins her book with a brief literature review on the evolution of feminist, gender, and then later moving towards masculinity, while at the same time highlighting their intersections with racial and queer theory (Fag Discourse). This worked well for anyone who may be new to the anthropology/sociology world, such as me. Dude You’re A Fag was an easy and enjoyable read, there were clear language as…
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