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ERIC Number: EJ835265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-1936-1653
Queer Eye on Straight Youth: Homoerotics and Racial Violence in the Narrative Discourse of White Settler Masculinity
McNinch, James
Journal of LGBT Youth, v5 n2 p87-107 Jun 2008
In September 2001, three white men from Tisdale Saskatchewan sexually assaulted a 12-year-old Saulteaux girl from the Yellow Quill First Nations. At the time, this Reserve was known for having what was called "the worst water in Canada," while nearby Tisdale still advertises itself as the land of "sparkling waters" and the land of "rape and honey." This paper, inspired by the work of William Pinar on race and violence, uses Pierre Bourdieu's (1993; 2001) sociological constructs of masculine domination and Lacan's view of patriarchy, builds on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's understanding of homosociality, and extends the work of Sherene Razack on race, space, and the law. The author interrogates this Tisdale group sexual assault as the ultimate act of white heterosexual privilege, compares it to the gang killing the same year of a gay man, Aaron Webster, and sees in both events signs of internalized homoerotic panic that offer insights into how white masculinity is built on race, sex, and gender on the Canadian landscape. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada