Hyper Masculinity and Heteronormativity

  1. Pascoe wants to educate readers about hyper masculinity and hyper heterosexuality. He explains why young men in America feel the need to compulsively show that they are the ideal image of manly men that prefer to date women instead of men. He exposes how these practices, that seem silly and harmless, have actually led to dangerous and fatal outcomes. He wants readers to consider the amount of sexual harassment, murder and suicide that have resulted from the excessive need to be deemed as a straight, masculine man in America
  2. “Ninety percent of random school shootings have involved straight-identified boys who have been relentlessly humiliated with homophobic remarks” (Kimmel 2003, quoted in Pascoe163).
  1. Pascoe uses statistics to support his claims regarding the sexual harassment and violence that stems from compulsive heterosexual behavior and ideology.
  1. (#8) Applying these concepts to real life, I have now figured out why men have such an alarming obsession with entitling themselves to women’s bodies. They do this because it helps them prove to other men that they are indeed straight which in return will save them from the “hardship” of being labeled gay

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