The Danger of the Sissy

Earlier in 2022, Texas joined the growing number of states that have banned trans high school students from participating in sports, a continuation of a centuries-long American obsession with policing gender. As a queer kid growing up in Texas, I experienced firsthand the pressure to conform to gendered expectations, and so did Professor Marlon B. Ross, a high school football player, track competitor, and self-proclaimed "sissy" from Texas.

We recently chatted about his latest book, Sissy Insurgencies: A Racial Anatomy of Unfit Manliness, which connects his academic work to his personal roots.

Video Interview

Audio-Only Version

The Book

Don't forget to support Marlon's research by picking up a copy of his book, Sissy Insurgencies: A Racial Anatomy of Unfit Manliness!

Next Week's Reading

Readings for next week's lesson with Hugh Ryan are available here.