“… Out of a sample of 17,000 American teenagers, nearly six times as many gay and bisexual boys had used steroids as their straight counterparts. … Gay men … were more likely than straight men to suffer from eating disorders and to be dissatisfied with their bodies. Eating disorders, in turn, were associated with depression, anxiety, internalized homophobia, substance abuse and the desire to gain muscle.
… On one side, a majority heterosexual culture pushes gay men to fit in and project a masculine image to avoid negative stereotypes of effeminacy and weakness. It is telling, he thinks, that gay men who feel worse about being gay are more likely to want to be muscular.”
I hope this research inspires work that addresses this narrow view of masculinity, the importance of interrogating patriarchy, the need to dismantle internalized homophobia, and how we can work to develop healthy body image and sense of self among all young people. In fewer words, I hope the watered down message making it to high school locker rooms does not continue to be: “Don’t use steroids. They’re bad for your balls.”
What isn’t cultural appropration:
• Trying/eating/making a culture’s food
• Listening to that culture’s music
• Watching that culture’s movies
• Reading that culture’s books
• Appreciating that culture’s art
• Wearing that culture’s clothing IF in a setting…
"What I really wanted to show with this report is that segregation is not an accident," explains ProPublica reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones on Democracy Now! today. “If you just look strictly at the facts, we still have a racialized K-12 system where black and brown students tend to be in schools where they’re receiving an inferior education.”
"And it’s not just the racial segregation, but it’s also the segregation of these students by income."
234 schoolgirls in Nigeria, ages 16 to 18, were abducted two days before the South Korean shipwreck. Armed men broke into a school in the northeastern city of Chibok, shot the guards and took the girls away while they were taking a physics exam. The attack has been linked to Boko Haram, a jihadist affiliate of al-Qaida.
So why haven’t we heard about it? Simply put, because the world has very different views on South Korea and Nigeria. One is among the richest countries in the world and a powerful Western ally with a high quality of life and strong international presence. The other is in Africa, where, you know, these things happen all the time — or so we’re led to believe.