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Nice is Not Enough: Public Schools and LGBTQ Youth with CJ Pascoe

May 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CJ Pascoe headshot next to text about talk for Secular AZ on May 31 2024

Join us on May 31 at noon for a talk with special guest CJ Pascoe PhD, author of Nice is Not Enough: Inequality and the Limits of Kindness at American High, Dude You’re a F*g, and co-editor of Gender Replay: On Kids, Schools and Feminism.

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After years of burgeoning support for LGBTQ rights, increasingly these rights are coming under attack. These attacks are especially pronounced for queer youth. CJ Pascoe has researched the experiences of LGBTQ students in public schools for two decades. In this talk she will present findings from her new book, Nice Is Not Enough: Inequality and the Limits of Kindness at American High. Nice Is Not Enough documents the challenges faced by young folks in public schools and, importantly,  shows how we can advocate for safer schools that support all young folks through shifts in policy, social activities and classroom content.

CJ Pascoe is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon where she teaches courses on sexuality, educaiton, social psychology, and inequality. Her current research focuses on youth, inequality and education. She is also a co-editor of the academic journal Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World.

Dr. Pascoe’s new book, Nice is Not Enough: Inequality and the Limits of Kindness at American High tells the story of American High School, a school characterized by acceptance, connection, and kindness—a school where, a prominent sign states, “there is no room for hate.” This book describes how American High, like many high schools, uses a “regime of kindness” to address persistent inequalities. By examining how this regime of kindness works at American High Nice is Not Enough shows the limits of this approach and suggests ways we might begin to dismantle systemic inequalities in high school and beyond.

Her book, Dude, You’re  a F*g:  Masculinity and Sexuality in High School, won the American Educational Research Association’s 2007 Book of the Year Award as well as an honorable mention for the American Sociological Association’s Section on Sex and Gender’s Distinguished Book Award. Dude documents the relationship between homophobic harassment, heterosexism and masculinity in high school.  In it CJ suggests ways we might begin to redefine gender norms that are damaging to both boys and girls.

Dr. Pascoe has explored issues of gender based violence, young people’s new media use, bullying, harassment and education through a variety of research projects. Along with a team of co-researchers she authored Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Mediaa qualitative analysis of young people’s new media use. Dr. Pascoe and Tristan Bridges edited comprehensive anthology of research on men and masculinity: Exploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity and Change. Most recently, along with Freeden Oeur she co-edited an anthology, Gender Replay: On Kids, Schools and Feminism that reflects on the legacy of the foundational text on gender and schooling, Gender Play: Girls and Boys in School by Barrie Thorne.



May 31
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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