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By C. J. Pascoe

Highschool and the tough terrain of sexuality and gender id are brilliantly explored during this shrewdpermanent, incisive ethnography. in keeping with eighteen months of fieldwork in a racially assorted working-class highschool, Dude, you are a Fag sheds new gentle on masculinity either as a box of that means and as a collection of social practices. C. J. Pascoe's unorthodox technique analyzes masculinity as not just a gendered strategy but additionally a sexual one. She demonstrates how the "specter of the fag" turns into a disciplinary mechanism for regulating heterosexual in addition to gay boys and the way the "fag discourse" is as a lot tied to gender because it is to sexuality.

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These pairings framed the heterosexual coupling as an important way of organizing students, reflecting larger understandings of the heterosexual dyad as a fundamental human pairing (Warner 1993). Other school rituals at River High also highlighted gender difference and naturalized heterosexual pairings. Dances and student assemblies, the main rituals at River, were talked about for months in advance, covered in the school newspaper, and talked about for years afterward as the stories about assembly content, after-dance parties, and who drank how much grew larger and more outrageous with the passing of time.

However, River High, like many schools in California, expressed some official, if reluctant, tolerance for “alternative” sexualities and gender expressions. Students were not suspended for wearing opposite-gender clothing (assuming it stayed within the boundaries dictated by the dress code). The administration (after a student threatened a lawsuit) allowed the for- Becoming Mr. Cougar / 31 mation of a Gay/Straight Alliance (although, to be fair, it also allowed the formation of a White Heritage Club, a thinly veiled racist group).

Their political party was dedicated to promoting safer sex practices and stemming the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. With this goal they challenged River High’s orthodoxy that students were not responsible enough to control their own sexual behavior by asserting that, in spite of their sex education curriculum, they did know about condoms and actually cared about their and other students’ sexual health. The condom, as a cultural object, also illustrated the importance of Becoming Mr. Cougar / 35 heterosexual activity to masculine identities.

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