Fighting Fairies, Gazing at Men: How to Become a Queer Reader

  • Jeffery P. Dennis
Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 21)


The author argues that masculinity is strongly associated with universal heterosexual desire during late childhood and early adolescence, but children can resist it by becoming “queer readers,” finding intentional or unintentional sites of resistance in mass media texts. Five television programs from the author’s own childhood are analyzed, and three strategies of resistance are suggested: male physicality, same-sex plotlines, and lack of heterosexual interest.


Eighth Grade Saturday Morning Lost City Dark Shadow Friday Night 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State University of New YorkOneontaUSA

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