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Whitehouse 1 Anna Whitehouse WMS 210 5 April 2011 Response Paper Assignment “Becoming 100% Straight” by Michael A. Messner The fierce desire of adolescent boys to appear aggressive and masculine to their peers seems to be a governing force in middle and high schools. The overly homophobic culture in lower education teaches children to mask their true, natural feelings if they fringe on homosexual, as the author expressed through his story and that of Tom Waddell, and instead act with violence and hostility to separate themselves as much as possible from the unwanted stigma of femininity. Anyone who attended high school has witnessed the crucifixions of those who stepped across the line of conformity and the gang mentality of the ultra-masculine boys who performed the torture (i.e. ridicule, social ostracism, and often violence). Participating in sports provides boys with an easy way to prove their masculinity and also a way to exert a lot of pent up frustrations about their sexuality. Athletic men are immediately
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