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Article Title

Paint it Red

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Katherine Schmidt

Abstract

Family is complicated. It’s even more complicated if you’re Oliver--a teenage boy fresh out of high school--and you add restrictive gender norms and a search for self into the mix. In the simplest terms, all Oliver wanted was to paint his nails. Sure, there were other things in life he wanted, like the latest video game, cool shoes, a new camera, a college degree, a sense of purpose. But the one thing that he’d wanted, in the back of his mind since he was eight years old, was to paint his nails bright red and walk out into the sunshine for everyone to see.

But that’s not what boys do.

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