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Professor Clark Social Problems October 31, 2016 Take-Home Exam: Dude, You’re A Fag According to C.J. Pascoe, “feminist scholars of masculinity have argued that homophobic teasing often characterizes masculinity in adolescence and early adulthood and antigay slurs tend to be directed primarily at gay boys.” While I agree with the claim that homosexual males are targets to homophobic slurs, I disagree with the claim that the slurs are directed primarily at gay boys. In contrary, anti gay slurs are directed primarily at heterosexual males because it is always a constant struggle for males to live up to the façade of masculinity—because no one wants to be seen as feminine, right? Homophobia has always been present in our society. The act of another male being intimate with another male is viewed by many as immoral, disgusting, or even as a form of a mental disease. Those who identify as homosexuals have faced persecutions and hindrances from society. However, society today has become more understanding and accepting of the gay community. Same-sex marriage is now under the constitution, there are gender-neutral restrooms, and there’s even a National Coming-Out Day. With a society becoming more accepting of the Gays, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender, and Queer (GBLTQ) community, why do we still hear the words “fag” or “faggot” in ways to depict someone being not masculine or not acceptable?
In Pascoe’s book, there are instances where masculinity is being used to characterize male adolescence, and how boys in schools will use the term “fag”— not

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