chapter  5
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Madison: A Risk Taker

In chapter 4 we met Alan, who in many ways can be considered a “typical” boy who has realized the privilege, prestige, and power of hegemonic masculinity. This chapter introduces Madison, an “atypical” girl who defies gender norms. This chapter shows how Madison is also a gender expert, using her knowledge about gender discourses to be the kind of girl that she wants to be. In doing so, Madison takes risks by exploring a range of ways of being a girl. These alternative ways that Madison does gender occur through the counterdiscourses that she creates and enters through her play in the classroom. Integrated throughout this chapter are examples of how Isabel and some children support Madison’s attempts at resisting gender norms.