I remember watching one of my close friends going through high school. I knew he was gay and a lot of our other female friends were also informed. It was the guys in the school that weren’t so aware, at least he thought so.
I vividly remember the incident. The setting: an afterschool care program. My brother and I couldn’t have been older than 9-11. One of my brother’s friends was upset and had locked himself in the bathroom. When one of the directors asked him what was wrong he replied that my brother and his friends had called … Continue reading Masculinity & homophobia →
I remember the first time it was whispered in my ear as I sat in math class in the 9th grade. My friend leaned over and said, “Chris is a fag, did you hear?” Yes, I had noticed Chris’s distinctive “feminine” swagger and how he would throw his hands up in a flamboyant way every … Continue reading Shattering Cultural Norms: Where Do We Begin? →
“What if the girl doesn’t want to date you? Girls have a say too.” “No they don’t. White boys can date white girls. There’s plenty of’em. They can even date black girls. But mixed girls are for me.” (C.J Pascoe: Dude, You’re a fag) C.J. Pascoe indicated the hidden curriculum at River High is that … Continue reading Social Dominance →
“To call someone gay or fag is like the lowest thing you can call someone. Because that’s like saying that you’re nothing.” -Jeremy, junior at River High.
Homosexuality is a highly controversial topic in which gay’s and lesbians have been stigmatized for years, and its only recently that they’ve been given equal rights that heterosexuals were granted naturally. However, Pascoe conducted a copious amount of research on River High, and came across what I would call disturbing findings. White males often call…
“The pageant is a night to be glamorous (what girl doesn’t love that?!)”. NBC 29 news featured a short clip on the Miss Charlottesville pageant on 04OCT15 showing female contestants in formal dresses on stage competing for the 2016 titles. Winners of the pageant not only receive material rewards but also receives a boost in … Continue reading Beauty Pageants: Masculinity vs. Femininity →
High school can be tough, especially when it comes to emerging an identity. Schools are a primary institution for identity formation and the construction of race, class, and gender inequalities. Cliques that are formed in high school contribute to this as they are one of the factors that influences how teens identify and position themselves.…
Do you remember during football season in high school around homecoming time and everyone got excited for your school to play its rival team in the homecoming game? We couldn’t wait for the homecoming dance to dress up and to see who was going to be crowned homecoming queen and king? At your school during…
I read the preface of “Dude You’re a Fag,” to better understand the background of the research prior to the completion of this book by C.J. Pascoe. The author, Pascoe, began her research at River High at a time when technology wasn’t rapidly present. She mentions in the preface that at the time very few … Continue reading Blog #1 Socy 391- Abbey Ritter →