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  

Kellye Y. Testy

University of Washington - School of Law

Date Written: February 8, 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Testy, Kellye Y., Being a Dean Is a Drag . . . But Not for the Reasons You Might Expect (February 8, 2013). Southwestern Law Review, Vol. 42, No. 4, pp. 765-69 (Fall 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2397298

Kellye Y. Testy (Contact Author)

University of Washington - School of Law ( email )

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