Homosexuals on the Prowl?

This PSA (public service announcement) was produced in the 1950s, in cooperation with both the local police and school district. Notice that it’s directed toward young men, specifically boys. Female homosexuality is invisible here.

How do we still use the “threat” of male homosexuality – what C.J. Pascoe calls “the specter of the faggot” – as a form of social control to “police” masculinity? How do the stereotypes of male homosexuality in the PSA reflect the assumptions revealed in the list of “flipped” questions handed out in class?

In what ways does this differ from the ways we police femininity and/or female homosexuality, discussed in Rich’s article “Compulsory Heterosexuality”?


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