Edited By Elizabeth J. Meyer and Dennis Carlson
25. The African Dance Program: “Where Is the Love?”
The African Dance Program
“Where Is the Love?”
Lance T. McCready
This chapter was previously printed in Making Space for Diverse Masculinities, by Lance T. McCready (Peter Lang, 2010).
One day, while Kevin and I were walking to class, we caught the attention of some students in a nearby building who were inexplicably hanging out of an upstairs window. At first I ignored them, then I realized they were armed with water balloons. Before I could warn Kevin, a rain of multicolored water-filled balloons began whizzing by our faces, splattering on the pavement in front of us. A couple of balloons hit us on the legs, bursting and wetting our socks on impact. I grabbed Kevin’s arm and hurried us along into the doorway of an adjacent building. When we got to the doorway we looked at each other in disbelief. I had had a taste of what it was like to experience Parkwood High School in Kevin’s gender-nonconforming shoes, rather than in my own more conventionally masculine ones. The experience was unsettling and left me thinking about what it was like to live day-to-day as a target of discrimination.
The two students I discuss in this chapter, Antoine and Kevin, performed their masculine gender identities in nonhegemonic ways by virtue of the fact that they were effeminate and openly identified as gay (Connell, 2005). Because they were gender nonconforming, they were routinely harassed by their...
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