'At least I'm not gay': Heterosexual identity making among poor black teens
Adolescence, Gender, Heterosexism, Identity, Sexuality
This ethnographic study examines the ways in which a group of American low-income Black teenagers construct affirming identities through heterosexuality. The youth undertake a number of strategies to create and protect their heterosexual identities, including adopting heterosexist ideologies, conflating heterosexuality with gender nonconformity, disassociating from gay-coded behaviors, and threatening nonconformists. These strategies allow girls and boys to fashion themselves as moral, legitimate, and superior to others: benefits they otherwise lack. While previous research suggests that policing sexuality is a way to construct masculinities, this study finds that policing gender is a way to affirm heterosexuality. © 2007 SAGE Publications.
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
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Froyum, Carissa M., "'At least I'm not gay': Heterosexual identity making among poor black teens" (2007). Faculty Publications. 2539.