In class, we only dived deep into gender roles in School Daze on one day. I’d like to keep that conversation going.
How are the Gamma Rays portrayed? What’s their role?
To start, the Rays resemble a sorority affiliated with the Gamma Men. However, it is unclear if the Gamma Rays are even a sorority– they seem more like groupies of the Gamma Men. The choice of naming the Rays “Gamma Rays” (instead of their own unique and independent name) also contributes to the idea that the Rays existed for the Gamma Men. On several occasions, Jane– as the face of gamma women– functions to simply enhance the masculinity of the Gamma men.
Even in the erotic scene between Julian and Jane is filled with power dynamics, where Julian has a face of indifference and Jane displays her loyalty and subservience by licking his hair. Of course, the role of the Gamma women culminates in the “initiation” of Half-Pint. Julian values the masculine image of his fraternity more than the love from and body of Jane.