Dude, You're a Fag : Masculinity and Sexuality in High School Paperback
by C. J. Pascoe
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 248 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press
- Publication Date: 01/11/2011
- Category: Gender studies: men
- ISBN: 9780520271487
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Review by poetontheone
This book clearly illustrates the institutionalized sexism and distorted and detrimental formations of masculinity within a typical American high school. Pascoe's book, though its findings are rather grim, is very readable; this is both an advantage and a deficiency. The book's accessibility increases the range of its audience and the exposure to these issues that this accessibility facilitates is, of course, a good thing. Alternatively, the lack of theoretical investigation and argument leaves us with the production of questions rather than their analysis. Theory here is used as a slightly awkward supplement in a book that speaks plainly to shocking effect. Overall, this is an important book exploring notions of adolescent gender roles and sexuality within education that confronts major issues which need to be addressed, and hopefully this work will open a path for future investigations of the subject.