Mccormack: Anderson's Theory Of Effective Masculinity
McCormack presents an extended demographic approach to Anderson’s (2009) theory of inclusive masculinity. By examining the emergence of progressive attitudes towards homosexuality amongst working-class boys, McCormack augments the inclusive masculinity theory by providing analysis of how class operates as a diminishing but not prohibitive factor on the development of inclusive behaviours. This review will examine the existing themes, methodology and structural aspects and give an overall evaluation of the conclusions drawn.
The article establishes that it will use Andersons (2009) inclusive masculinity to theorize the findings. The inclusive masculinity theory argues “as homohysteria decreases (the fear of …show more content…
McCormack tackles this issue well by concealing the aim of the research with the title “what it means to be a guy in school today”. Additionally, the longitudinal study is conducted over 3 months to allow a true representative observation period, both to gain valid and reliable results. Initially, I thought it would be interesting to see if one of the students was openly gay and if this altered participant’s behaviours or homosexual opinions. It could be questioned that pupils may say one thing but execute another in practice. However, after 3 weeks of data collection McCormack came out as gay. McCormack found no change in participant’s behaviour both out and within his proximity. This was noted by himself or other staff members, indicating the truthfulness in participants self-reporting and enforcing McCormack’s valid research results. Gaining an insight into the author’s sexual orientation shows the passion and sentimental value gone into his research and made the rest of the article an emotion wrenching …show more content…
So we shouldn’t try to change people. I don’t have a problem with it.” As an additional piece of research, it would be interesting to see if the belief that homosexuality is innate makes people more accepting of it, or alters their behaviour compared to belief of homosexuality as a life choice. In addition, another interesting area for future research would be the effect of sex segregation. Would inclusive behaviours be less prominent in an all-boys school compared to a mixed?
Application of McCormack to current society emphasises his viable research. Homophobic crime is still a reoccurring issue in the United Kingdom, and although the article suggests homophobia is reducing within young adults, 51% of homophobic violent crimes are committed by people under the age of 25 (Bathnes.gov.uk,