“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?”: Reflections on learning about boyhood through Stand By Me

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This piece offers reflections on the 1986 movie Stand By Me, drawing on some of the main themes and contextualising them in relation to my own childhood as a girl growing up in the 1990s. I reflect on how in my rewatch of the movie I was struck by how the class positions of the boys echoed my own experiences of transition and liberation through education. I also reflect on the significance of seeing boys cry and be scared – feelings that the boys at my school were policed out of performing in public.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-197
Number of pages4
JournalBoyhood Studies
Issue number1/2
Early online date26 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022


  • boyhood
  • film
  • masculinity
  • representation
  • Working-class

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