Not Gay: Sex between Straight White Men (Sexual Cultures)

By | December 31, 2017
Not Gay: Sex between Straight White Men (Sexual Cultures) Author Jane Ward
ISBN-10 1479825174
ISBN-13 9781479825172
Year 2015-07-31
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher NYU Press
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A straight white girl can kiss a girl like it and still call herself straighther boyfriend may even encourage her But can straight white guys experience the same easy sexual fluidity or would kissing a guy just mean that they are really gay Not Gaythrusts deep into a world where straight guy on guy action is not a myth but a reality theres fraternity and military hazing rituals where new recruits are made to grab each others penises and stick fingers up their fellow members anuses online personal ads where straight men seek other straight men to masturbate with and last but not least the long and clandestine history of straight men frequenting public restrooms for sexual encounters with other men For Jane Ward these sexual practices reveal a unique social space where straight white men canand dohave sex with other straight white men in fact she argues to do so reaffirms rather than challenges their gender and racial identity Ward illustrates that sex between straight white men allows them to leverage whiteness and masculinity to authenticate their heterosexuality in the context of sex with men By understanding their same sex sexual practice as meaningless accidental or even necessary straight white men can perform homosexual contact in heterosexual ways These sex acts are not slippages into a queer way of being or expressions of a desired but unarticulated gay identity Instead Ward argues they reveal the fluidity and complexity that characterizes all human sexual desire In the end Wards analysis offers a new way to think about heterosexualitynot as the opposite or absence of homosexuality but as its own unique mode of engaging in homosexual sex a mode characterized by pretense dis identification and racial and heterosexual privilege Daring insightful and brimming with wit Not Gayis a fascinating new take on the complexities of heterosexuality in the modern era

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