I am looking for a short story about a dystopian society that I read in a High School English Lit book. I am pretty sure it was my Jr. year, circa 1991, the book was a few years old, probably published in mid to late 80s. I went to High School in Oklahoma, the story was in English.
I do not know the name of the author either, but I don't believe it was anyone well known (or at least not well-known to an 11th grader in the early 90s).
The story is set in a world where everyone must be equal. The powers that be implement this by handicapping people that have "better" qualities. For instance, I believe there was a ballet dancer on the TV, and the narrator comments that she must be really pretty to have to wear such an ugly mask.
The narrator was a man watching TV at home. His wife seemed to be kind of dull, and he was periodically hit with a shock collar or something to keep him from thinking too deep a thought (he was above average intelligence and this was his handicap).