Heterosexual Recuperation

Mark McCormack

in The Declining Significance of Homophobia

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199778249
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933051 | DOI:

Series: Sexuality, Identity, and Society

Heterosexual Recuperation

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Although previous chapters document an absence of homophobia, this does not mean that there heterosexuality and homosexuality are equally privileged. Accordingly, this chapter focuses on processes of heteronormativity in these schools. It is found that this primarily occurs through heterosexual recuperation. Here, boys ironically proclaim same-sex desire (both verbally and physically) to consolidate their heterosexual identity. However, while this may promote heterosexuality, it is nonetheless consistent with the students’ pro-gay attitudes and the chapter also documents occasions when such behaviors bond gay and straight students.

Keywords: heteronormativity; ironic heterosexual recuperation; love; friendship; masculinities

Chapter.  3470 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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