Some non-fiction books I read this year. Part one: Fags and girls.

12 Dec

Ellie Hutchinson

Dude You’re a Fag. Masculinity and Sexuality in High School. C.J Pascoe

What’s this about then?

CJ Pascoe hangs out at a high school* that sounds like every school you’ve ever seen on American TV and/or film. She talks to them about boyness, which also encompasses race, gender and sexuality.

Who should read it?

Anyone who:

1)      Is interested in how race, sexuality and gender intersect

2)      Thinks that maybe the ‘fag spectre’ is one of the most powerful/homophobic ways to restrict boys and

3)       Wants to know what it means to be a masculine girl and who is allowed to do this. NB: Boys aren’t allowed to be feminine

What I learnt:

That we really, really need to be shouting louder about why gay doesn’t mean rubbish. Also- that play and art are great ways to explore subversion and gender. And. American schools do weird sexy-time type shows for home coming (do we do this here? I don’t think so. Do we?).

Or: conducts an in-depth, meaningful and rich ethnography over the course of a year. 

Different for Girls: My True Life Adventures in Pop. Louise Wener

What’s this about then?

My teenage idol and very funny singer writes about what it was like to be in Sleeper, who were my favourite, no second favourite, no favourite band of the 90’s (Pulp).

Who should read it?

Anyone who:

1)      Likes brit-pop.

2)      Wonders what it was like to present Top of the Pops in sparkly dress

3)      Wants to know about sexism and the music industry

What I learnt:

That Louise Wener is very funny and there were some proper douche bags in brit pop.

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