Being a Dean Is a Drag . . . But Not for the Reasons You Might Expect
Southwestern Law Review, Vol. 42, No. 4, pp. 765-69 (Fall 2013)
5 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2014
Date Written: February 8, 2013
I love being a dean. But being a dean can be a drag in the sense of requiring (more for some persons than others) a measure of gender performativity. The pressure affects both men and women, regardless of their sexual orientation, but it may be felt most strongly by gay and lesbian persons. This essay explores gender performativity in deaning.
This paper was part of the Southwestern Law Review's symposium, 40 Years of LGBT Legal Activism: Taking Stock & Looking Ahead, Feb. 8, 2013.
Keywords: legal education, leadership, higher education, gender, sexuality, gender roles, clothing, appearance, gay men, lesbians, LGBT, GLBT
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