Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School by: C.J. Pascoe – Review”

18 Oct

C.J. Pascoe’s “Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School”, analyzes the complexity of the term “faggot”. C.J. Pascoe explains that young adolescent boys use the word to demean and degrade another male’s character if the accused male isn’t participating in “manly” activities. “Manly” activities include: the gym or auto-car shops. “Faggot” activities occur in: orchestra productions and drama clubs. Anything to be considered a feminine activity is frowned upon to the accusers.

The reason why the fag discourse is racialized is because in urban communities, the African-American population uses the term less than Caucasians. For the Caucasian community, if a male participates in chorus or dance activities, he is considered a fag. Yet, if African-American males engage in chorus or dance activities, he is not harshly judged. C.J. Pascoe also referred to the differences between the terms “gay” and “faggot”.

Pascoe explains that the term gay is considered a descriptive noun towards negatively viewed things. For example, one might say “This quiz is so gay”. The person is calling the quiz gay because the person doesn’t like quizzes. The term “faggot” is meant to hurt, degrade, and insult a person’s masculinity. The fag discourse is also generalized because the term is hardly used between females, and even if it was it would be in a joking manner and not for the purpose to degrade one’s masculinity.

The fag discourse among adolescent males lead to delinquency or violence because, “research shows that sexualized teasing often leads to deadly results, as evidenced by the spate of school shootings in the 1990s. Clearly the fag discourse affects not just homosexual teens, but all boys, gay, and straight. (Dude, You’re a Fag, pg 397)

 

Source:  Dude, Youre a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School” by: C.J. Pascoe

 

 

Advertisements

Thanks for your comment! I will get back to you ASAP. In the mean time, make sure to subscribe! - Gabby

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: