ERIC Number: ED369153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
The Sexualized Context of American Public High Schools.
Reed, Donald B.
This paper is a part of a larger study involving the way gay youth experience American public high schools. The study is focused on gay males, not lesbian or bisexual youths. The paper is divided into three sections: (1) public high schools as an organization in terms of structure and beliefs; (2) sexualized context of the high school in terms of its structure and beliefs; and (3) how gay youth experience the sexualized context. This paper argues that the context of the American public high school is not sexually neutral with respect to students, but sexualized. The high school is simultaneously heterosexualized and antihomosexualized, supporting a homophobic environment. Most administrators, teachers, staff, and students do not experience sexualized context; however, this is not the case for gay youth. They experience the high school as a sexualized environment--heterosexualized and highly antihomosexualized--which is minimally uncomfortable and maximally dangerous. (Contains 31 references.) (KDP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).