skip to content
Not gay : sex between straight white men Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Not gay : sex between straight white men

Author: Elizabeth Jane Ward
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2015]
Series: Sexual cultures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
"A straight white girl can kiss a girl, like it, and still call herself straight--her 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 Gay thrusts deep into a world where straight guy-on-guy action is not a myth but a reality: there's fraternity and military hazing rituals, where new recruits are  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Jane Ward
ISBN: 9781479825172 1479825174 9781479860685 1479860689
OCLC Number: 893452405
Description: xi, 239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Nowhere without it : the homosexual ingredient in the making of straight white men --
Bars, bikers, and bathrooms : a century of not-gay sex --
Here's how you know you're not gay : the popular science of heterosexual fluidity --
Average dudes, casual encounters : white homosociality and heterosexual authenticity --
Haze him! : White masculinity, anal resilience, and the erotic spectacle of repulsion --
Against gay love : this one goes out to the queers.
Series Title: Sexual cultures.
Other Titles: Sex between straight white men
Responsibility: Jane Ward.

Abstract:

"A straight white girl can kiss a girl, like it, and still call herself straight--her 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 Gay thrusts deep into a world where straight guy-on-guy action is not a myth but a reality: there's fraternity and military hazing rituals, where new recruits are made to grab each other's 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 can--and do--have 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, Ward's analysis offers a new way to think about heterosexuality--not 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 Gay is a fascinating new take on the complexities of heterosexuality in the modern era"--Publisher description.

Reviews

Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

"This fascinating book explores the worlds of white men who have sex with other white men and yet identify as straight."-Pacific Standard "Rather than focusing so much on sexual orientation, or Read more...

 
User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.

Similar Items

Related Subjects:(7)

User lists with this item (2)

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/893452405> # Not gay : sex between straight white men
    a schema:CreativeWork, schema:Book ;
   library:oclcnum "893452405" ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/nyu> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2569616756#Topic/homosexuality> ; # Homosexuality
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2569616756#Topic/heterosexual_men> ; # Heterosexual men
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2569616756#Topic/homosexualitat> ; # Homosexualität
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2569616756#Topic/men_sexual_behavior> ; # Men--Sexual behavior
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2569616756#Topic/heterosexualitat> ; # Heterosexualität
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2569616756#Topic/gay_men> ; # Gay men
   schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/306.70811/e23/> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2569616756#Topic/mann> ; # Mann
   schema:alternateName "Sex between straight white men" ;
   schema:author <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2569616756#Person/ward_elizabeth_jane> ; # Elizabeth Jane Ward
   schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
   schema:datePublished "2015" ;
   schema:description "Nowhere without it : the homosexual ingredient in the making of straight white men -- Bars, bikers, and bathrooms : a century of not-gay sex -- Here's how you know you're not gay : the popular science of heterosexual fluidity -- Average dudes, casual encounters : white homosociality and heterosexual authenticity -- Haze him! : White masculinity, anal resilience, and the erotic spectacle of repulsion -- Against gay love : this one goes out to the queers."@en ;
   schema:description ""A straight white girl can kiss a girl, like it, and still call herself straight--her 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 Gay thrusts deep into a world where straight guy-on-guy action is not a myth but a reality: there's fraternity and military hazing rituals, where new recruits are made to grab each other's 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 can--and do--have 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, Ward's analysis offers a new way to think about heterosexuality--not 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 Gay is a fascinating new take on the complexities of heterosexuality in the modern era"--Publisher description."@en ;
   schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/2569616756> ;
   schema:inLanguage "en" ;
   schema:isPartOf <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2569616756#Series/sexual_cultures> ; # Sexual cultures.
   schema:name "Not gay : sex between straight white men"@en ;
   schema:productID "893452405" ;
   schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781479825172> ;
   schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781479860685> ;
   wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/893452405> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2569616756#Person/ward_elizabeth_jane> # Elizabeth Jane Ward
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:familyName "Ward" ;
   schema:givenName "Elizabeth Jane" ;
   schema:name "Elizabeth Jane Ward" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2569616756#Series/sexual_cultures> # Sexual cultures.
    a bgn:PublicationSeries ;
   schema:hasPart <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/893452405> ; # Not gay : sex between straight white men
   schema:name "Sexual cultures." ;
   schema:name "Sexual cultures" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2569616756#Topic/men_sexual_behavior> # Men--Sexual behavior
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Men--Sexual behavior"@en ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781479825172>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
   schema:isbn "1479825174" ;
   schema:isbn "9781479825172" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781479860685>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
   schema:isbn "1479860689" ;
   schema:isbn "9781479860685" ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.