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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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The Declining Significance of Homophobia

Mark McCormack

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the implications of the findings from The Declining Significance of Homophobia. Highlighting the originality and importance of these findings, this chapter links the findings with other research that documents decreasing homophobia in the Western world. Arguing that the findings are the result of cultural changes and not institutional activities, the chapter nonetheless maintains that pro-gay initiatives are vital for schools to achieve full equality for all their students. This chapter also examines the continued importance of sexual identity, the necessity to challenge a victimization framework of gay youth and focus on heteronormativity and it highlights the heuristic utility of inclusive masculinity theory for understanding contemporary male youth cultures.

Keywords:   homophobia, declining significance, heteronormativity, discussion, society

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