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Introduction

Theorizing Boys’ Literacies and Boys’ Literatures in Contemporary Times

Garth Stahl and Cynthia Brock

researchers in the present special issue have all—to varying degrees—experienced forms of schooling where literacy is defined in terms of student performance standards on high-stakes tests. We know that high-stakes assessments of literacy “enable a range of

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Back in Time Yet of His Time

Marty McFly as a 1980s Teenage Boy Role Model

Daniel Smith-Rowsey

exploring Marty’s Oedipal relationship with his mother. (Pett herself focuses on nostalgia, cult status, and performance.) Ilsa Bick quite successfully explores the latter, leaving me to remind the reader only that in the classical tale Oedipus had tried to

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Freak Temporality

Female Adolescence in the Novels of Carson McCullers

Alison Sperling

studies is a “fascinating sub-discipline” of disability studies. He defines “freakery” as “the intentional performance of constructed abnormality as entertainment” (2005: n.p.), arguing for the potential of conceiving of freaks not merely as voiceless and

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Books Are Boring! Books Are Fun!

Boys’ Polarized Perspectives on Reading

Laura Scholes

are at risk of failure, how schooling influences performances of masculinities, and the interplay of masculinities with everyday reading practices. As I have argued elsewhere ( Scholes 2013a , 2013b , forthcoming ), the underperformance of some boys

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A New Kind of Monster, Cowboy, and Crusader?

Gender Hegemony and Flows of Masculinities in Pixar Animated Films

Elizabeth Al-Jbouri and Shauna Pomerantz

performance within a given culture or group, but this valorization will change across temporalities and geographies. Such fluidity and plurality highlight hegemonic masculinities as socially condoned practices, rather than a unitary, static set of expectations

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Gamed by the System

Exploring Black Male Youths’ Motivation to Participate in Sports

Deborwah Faulk, Robert A. Bennett III, and James L. Moore III

ideologies which bolster traditional displays of gender performance. Although gender norms are changing ( Anderson 2014 ), given the history of race, gender, and ability in the United States it is important to study the intersection of identity and the

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Stephanie Russo

marginalized femininity that speaks to the experience of teenage girls struggling to find their place in a world that seems to both reward and punish them for their femininity. Taking on Natalie Dormer's performance of Boleyn in The Tudors as the definitive

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Chloe Krystyna Garcia and Ayesha Vemuri

how girls and young women use YouTube as a mode of self-expression and gender performance, only a paucity of literature analyzes this platform to understand how young women communicate about rape culture. Douglas Kellner and Gooyong Kim observe, “There

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Minority Report

Perceptions and Realities of Black Men in Heterosexual Porn

Darryl L. Jones II

earn between $500 and $600 per scene, and that “there's no pay differential depending on the sex act. Generally male performances receive a fixed amount per scene or day.” Men who have garnered a positive reputation may be able to earn between $800 and

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The Doll “InbeTween”

Online Doll Videos and the Intertextuality of Tween Girl Culture

Jessica E. Johnston

also been known to collect and play with these dolls. While the practice of playing with dolls past childhood is not new, recording and uploading these play performances to YouTube raise new considerations for scholars of girls’ media studies in