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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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Heterosexual Recuperation

Heterosexual Recuperation

(p.89) 8 Heterosexual Recuperation
The Declining Significance of Homophobia

Mark McCormack

Oxford University Press

Although previous chapters document an absence of homophobia, this does not mean that there heterosexuality and homosexuality are equally privileged. Accordingly, this chapter focuses on processes of heteronormativity in these schools. It is found that this primarily occurs through heterosexual recuperation. Here, boys ironically proclaim same-sex desire (both verbally and physically) to consolidate their heterosexual identity. However, while this may promote heterosexuality, it is nonetheless consistent with the students’ pro-gay attitudes and the chapter also documents occasions when such behaviors bond gay and straight students.

Keywords:   heteronormativity, ironic heterosexual recuperation, love, friendship, masculinities

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