By Ann Brashares
Summer time is a time to develop
Polly has an concept that she can't cease brooding about, one who consists of altering a couple of issues approximately herself. She's surroundings her attractions on a
more glamorous existence, yet it's going to take all of her concentration. no less than that method she won't need to watch her associates relocating to date ahead.
Jo is spending the summer season at her family's seashore condominium, operating as a busgirl and bonding with the older, cooler women she'll see at highschool come September. She didn't anticipate a short fling with a lovable boy altering her complete summer season. Or feeling embarrassed through her heart college pals. and she or he didn't anticipate her kinfolk in any respect. . .
Ama isn't really an outdoorsy woman. She desired to be at an educational camp, doing learn in an air-conditioned library, incomes A's. in its place her summer time scholarship lands her on a desolate tract journey packed with flirting little ones, blisters, very unlikely mountain climbing trails, and a tragic loss of hair items. it's a new summer time. And a brand new sisterhood. Come develop with them.
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Gender socialization occurs according to categories of masculine or feminine, which correspond to a male or female identity. Yet all people, regardless of sex and sexual orientation, experience gender as a continuum, in many conﬁgurations, rather than as discrete categories (Butler 1990). A heterosexual orientation is implicit in gender socialization—that is, people learn to embody and perform masculinity and femininity based on the normative heterosexual versions of these categories. Not all individuals experience their gender identity and sexual orientation in normative ways, however.
As Patrick’s comment demonstrates, his friendship with Emily allows him to discuss feelings of inadequacy without threatening his claims to hegemonic masculinity, as might occur in friendships with men in which he would not want to lose face by admitting insecurity. This is also consistent with Rumens’s (2008) ﬁnding that in gendered work hierarchies, gay men are more comfortable conﬁding in straight women than in other men, which often leads to the development of close friendships (although in this case, the sexual orientation of the parties is reversed).
Of particular signiﬁcance to both friends was Emily’s marriage/ commitment ceremony to Stacy. Patrick felt honored when Emily and Stacy took him and his wife, Joanne, to dinner to announce their engagement, and Emily was impressed that Patrick and his family attended the entire weekend wedding celebration. The occasion allowed the friends to show how much esteem they had for each other and to introduce Emily’s biological brother to her chosen brother, Patrick. Thus, the bond between Emily and Patrick also illustrates how intersectional friendships often serve as chosen family members, celebrating birthdays and holidays together, a topic that is discussed at greater length in chapter 3.