Threatened Manhood and the Adolescent Homophobic Reflex: The Experience of Being Young, Male, and Queer in Australia’s Secondary Schools
A large-scale, national survey was conducted examining the experience of secondary school for same-sex attracted (SSA) young people in Australia. A major focus of this research was the relationship of SSA students’ perceptions of school climate and personal victimization to their overall social connectedness and academic self-concept. Differences were noted with respect to gender, with SSA young men reporting more experiences of personal victimization at school and less teacher intervention during those experiences. This paper explores these gender differences, using the words of the young male participants to gain a better understanding of the impact of male-directed and male-perpetrated homophobia in the secondary school setting.
Keywords: Same-Sex Attracted Young People, Quantitative Research, Qualitative Research, Academic Motivation, Bullying, School Climate
Dr. Jacqueline Mikulsky
Honorary Associate, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney