Touch Me, 2000, By James Moloney Essays
As human beings, we are expected to conform towards stereotypical gender roles. Society’s concept of a typical "gender role" refers to how men and women are expected to act and behave. Masculine roles have traditionally been associated with strength, aggression, and dominance, while feminine roles have traditionally been associated with passivity, nurturing, and subordination. The novel Touch Me, 2000, by James Moloney explores ideologies and expectations about gender roles. Some characters strongly reinforce society’s opinions, some challenge them, while a few characters’ mindsets and opinions evolve and change due to the experiences they have. The stereotypical, masculine male is exposed through Scott Watson’s actions and thoughts, while Nuala Magee does not conform to the conventions of other feminine stereotype that society expects. Xavier McLachlan, however does not listen to what society wants and expects; instead, he changes with the events happening in his life and discovers different elements of his personality that he never knew existed.
1st Body Paragraph – Scott Watson (Conforming)
Within the novel, there are many moments where central characters are conforming to gender stereotypes/roles. It can be seen that Scott Watson portrays aggressiveness and dominance when it comes to playing football or when someone is seen to be challenging gender stereotypes. Scott shows his dominance when he is on and off the football field as the captain, ‘Listen, you…