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The Declining Significance of Homophobia
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The Declining Significance of Homophobia: How Teenage Boys are Redefining Masculinity and Heterosexuality

Mark McCormack


Research has traditionally shown high schools to be hostile environments for gay youth. Boys have used homophobia to prove their own masculinity and distance themselves from homosexuality. While this has been a consistent finding for over three decades, The Declining Significance of Homophobia tells a different story. Drawing on fieldwork and interviews of teenage boys in three British high schools, Dr. Mark McCormack shows how heterosexual male students’ attitudes toward their gay peers have dramatically improved. Heterosexual male students are proud of their pro-gay attitudes and friendship ... More

Keywords: homophobia, masculinity, sexuality, school, boys, inclusion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199778249
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778249.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark McCormack, author
Brunel University