SOCB22H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Hegemonic Masculinity, Moral Panic, Bet Her

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SOCB22 Lecture 8 (March 4 2013)
“The Erasure of Race”
Talked about what was missing in the articles. Issues like
race, class, gender, etc. were not mentioned.
o Reena was described as different, but they never really
explained why. They talked about her personal
differences.
Equally the Victims of “Girl Violence”
All of the girls were seen as victims of girl violence.
A parents nightmare: a moral panic. Why are the girls
becoming more violent, when they aren’t seen as violent?
o Disintegration of our society.
Feminists Blamed for Leading Girls and Women Astray
Widened life for girls, letting them be more “like boys” and
therefore becoming increasingly violent.
Gender Centric Explanations of “Girl Violence”
Feminist rebuttal saying that girls are just recreating the
violence that they are subjected to.
Good Girl/ Bad Girl Dichotomy
Idea that girls and women are inherently non-violent. Girls
and women that meet the requirements of hegemonic
femininity (white, middle-class, heterosexual, able-bodied)
are in fact the “fairer” sex.
Very much a racial, and class category.
Good Girl is the fairer sex.
Unquestioned Heteronormativity: Colonial Sexist-Racist Underpinnings
in the “Girl Violence” Narrative
Girls fighting (physically) over the affection of boys.
What kinds of socialization is going on to make it so people
think that it’s okay to beat someone up based on
competitions, etc?
Shocking: An Ordinary Good Girl Runs with the Wrong Crowd
“Shes a good girl, from a good family” was used as a defence
against all of the evidence, and testimonies. The other girls
involved were said to not come from good families.
Racist Violence
Sherene Razack
o “Joining the nation… reuires that men actively perform a
hegemonic masculinity in the service of the nation. This
masculine ideal includes engaging in acts of racial
domination. The ideal men is one that is both superior
to both women and racial minorities. For racial minority
men, joining the nation requires, then, both forgetting
racial violence and engaging in racial violence”
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Talked about what was missing in the articles. Issues like race, class, gender, etc. were not mentioned: reena was described as different, but they never really explained why. All of the girls were seen as victims of girl violence. Why are the girls becoming more violent, when they aren"t seen as violent: disintegration of our society. Feminists blamed for leading girls and women astray. Widened life for girls, letting them be more like boys and therefore becoming increasingly violent. Feminist rebuttal saying that girls are just recreating the violence that they are subjected to. Idea that girls and women are inherently non-violent. Girls and women that meet the requirements of hegemonic femininity (white, middle-class, heterosexual, able-bodied) are in fact the fairer sex. Very much a racial, and class category. Unquestioned heteronormativity: colonial sexist-racist underpinnings in the girl violence narrative. Girls fighting (physically) over the affection of boys. Shocking: an ordinary good girl runs with the wrong crowd.

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