Shattering Cultural Norms: Where Do We Begin?

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?

Beauty Pageants: Masculinity vs. Femininity

“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

Constructing Masculinity

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.…

Without a Voice

Adolescent boys are expected to be disruptive, aggressive, dominating, and are rewarded for such qualities. Girls are continuously abused, objectified, and ultimately silenced because of the patriarchal society we live in. Orenstein’s Schoolgirls focuses on the hidden curriculum in middle schools that is shown vividly in a school with students from low socioeconomic status communities. … Continue reading Without a Voice