Thursday, June 4, 2009

More insights from the students

From a student essay, one of a number of author study essays about Rachel Cohn and David Levithan:

In the book “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”, another stereotype about homosexuals is taken away. That stereotype is that all homosexuals are the same—Shy and quiet. Well in this book the lead singer in Nick’s band, Dev, is really out going and the farthest thing from shy. Oh yeah and did I mention that he’s gay? Despite being a party animal he was able to give Nick really good advice in order to help him “Get the girl” so to speak based on the Beatles first hit single “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”. Another funny thing about Dev is that he is a major flirt and has had a lot of boyfriends. Dev is very different from Tohm (he added the H) who is not quite as outgoing and has one steady boyfriend. Therefore this disposes of both stereotypes that I stated earlier.


I am curious about, fascinated by my eighth grade students' stereotypes about gay people. Well, some of them. The stereotypes belonging to the girls who are reading Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.


kb said...

the shy and quiet stereotype is indeed quite fascinating.

Elissa said...

It's less confusing, I guess, if you're imagining a middle-school queer kid. But yeah. Not the first stereotype that springs to mind.

kb said...

so true.

i was at a show the other night and my friend and i sat next to a teenage boy who was there with his dad. friend spotted him chatting on his phone with the handle "gloomybear94" which prompted many theories about him.