What's Safe for a Boy?
What is acceptable for boys to play with, read, wear, or express? The amount that boys must negotiate from an early age seems exhausting! Balancing the fine line of masculinity and femininity becomes a full-time job, dodging name-calling like sissy, fag, and wimp. Kimmel and Mahler (2003) suggest that homophobia is not just the fear of homosexuality, but the fear of being perceived or named gay. Is it any wonder that these authors, who examined trends across random school shootings in the US, found that most of the boys were bullied for not being masculine enough? This workshop investigates ‘boy culture’ and the role of educators in this discourse.
Presenter: Pam Malins, PhD Candidate