Gender and the “Fag” Discourse

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Front CoverToday the University of California Press released a new book by C.J. Pascoe, Dude, You’re a Fag Masculinity and Sexuality in High School.   Dr. Pascoe is a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Digital Youth Project at Berkeley’s Institute for the Study of Social Change.  
From the book’s webpage:

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.

-Bridget Crawford
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