Dead Boys Can't Dance

Dead Boys Can't Dance

Sexual Orientation, Masculinity, and Suicide

eBook - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
Presents a thought-provoking examination of the links between homosexuality and suicide among North American males ages fourteen to twenty-five, arguing that there is a definitive link between the social stigmatization of homosexuality and a high level of suicide attempts. Simultaneous.

McGill Queens Univ Pr
Dead Boys Can't Dance is a ground-breaking exploration of the double taboos of homosexuality and suicide and their effect on males from fourteen to twenty-five. North American society has been reluctant to recognize that there is a link between the social stigmatization of homosexuality and the high level of suicide attempts by adolescent boys who are homosexual or are identified as homosexual by their peers. By examining first-person accounts from teenage boys and young men, Michel Dorais and Simon Lajeunesse shed light on why some of them attempt to take their own lives.
Dorais and Lajeunesse analyse the adverse ways being stigmatized as homosexual affects personality and behaviour, discerning four types of reaction: the 'perfect boy,' whose perfectionism and asexuality are an attempt to minimize the difference between how he is perceived and what he is supposed to be; the 'chameleon,' who attempts to keep everyone from suspecting his secret but constantly feels like an impostor; the 'token fag,' who serves as a scapegoat to his peers, especially at school, and suffers a consequent rejection and lack of self-esteem; and the 'rebel,' who actively rejects any stigma based on his sexual orientation and non-conformity. They show that those who are heterosexual but suspected of being homosexual are most at risk of suicide and make recommendations for suicide prevention.

Publisher: Montreal, Que. : McGill-Queen's University Press, Ă2004
ISBN: 9780773571655
0773571655
9780773526549
9780773526532
0773526536
0773526544
Characteristics: 1 online resource (127 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Lajeunesse, Simon Louis 1962-

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