But this queering is more of a challenge to

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But this queering is more of a challenge to masculinity then to femininity Masculinity: No Queers CJ Pascoe o “Dude, Youre a Fag” o argues:” American adolescent boys become masculine through the continual repudiation of a ‘fag’ identity o Methods: ethnography-watch them on a regular bassis and take notes on them At suburban HS in north-central CA called River High Working class Attended by 2000 students Includes about 50 students she is studying 50% white, 9% African American, 28%Latino, and 6% Asian o Since you were little boys you’ve been otld “hey, don’t be a little faggot”- Darnell, African American football player o Angela, a Latino cheerleader, teased Jeremy a well-liked white senior involved in student government, for not ditching school with her “You wouldn’t cause you’re a faggot” o Why might “slut” be the girls slur? o Gay is not the same as “fag” o Fag may not have anything to do with sexuality just saying someone is an idiot o Interviewed about 40 boys Wanted the term fag to be an insult not in order to say it to someone who is homosexual One of the students said he doesn’t use it in the presence of an actual homosexual person o White boys dont have nice clothes o White boys don’t dance o Black boys dance in order to show masculinity o Becoming a fag has a s much to do with failing at the masculine tasks of competence, heterosexual prowess and strength or an anyways revealing weakness or femininity as it does with a sexual identity o Centrality of sexual regulation to racialized masculine identities o Naturalizes the relationship between masculinity and homophobia Doing Gender o Anti-gay barbs as a form of Doing Gender o It is doing masculinity
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o Gender is not an innate quality. It is a way of dressing, speaking, and interacting with others that is supposed to signal norms of femininity or masculinity o In this way it is a performance o Little boy who wouldn’t wear a necklace o But what of race? Class? 10/26 Review Ferguson: Race is about sex One important use of racial categories historically is to regulate who can have sex with whom o E.g. US anti-miscegenation laws Men of Color Can Dance Maybe because some men have culture with dance F* Discourse Pascoe: Becoming a fag has as much to with failing at the masculine tasks of competence heterosexual prowess and strength or an anyway revealing Doing Gender 1987-Candance West and Don Zimmerman refute traditional idea that differences between men and women are “natural” Instead of traditional sex/gender models, sex category is bas on our determination o Sex is bas on our current biological criteria for male and female bodies Critiques What kinds of critiques can you imagine of this model?
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