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The Declining Significance of HomophobiaHow Teenage Boys are Redefining Masculinity and Heterosexuality$
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Mark McCormack

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778249

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778249.001.0001

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Teenage Boys and Schooling

Teenage Boys and Schooling

(p.47) 5 Teenage Boys and Schooling
The Declining Significance of Homophobia

Mark McCormack

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines what existing research tells us about the school lives of teenage boys. It demonstrates that, in schools, boys have traditionally adopted homophobic, misogynistic and aggressive behaviors in order to conform to a restrictive code of masculinity; focusing on the social and psychological damage this causes to heterosexual boys, while also highlighting the exclusion of gay students from school life. Here, young gay men have traditionally remained closeted in order to approximate an acceptable version of masculinity. And those who have come out have had troubled school lives. The chapter concludes by noting the relative scarcity of research on sexual diversity within school settings.

Keywords:   schooling, boys, homophobia, language, exclusion, LGBT, diversity

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