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StraightsHeterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture$
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James Joseph Dean

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762752

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762752.001.0001

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Queering Heterosexualities?

Queering Heterosexualities?

Metrosexuals and Sexually Fluid Straight Women

(p.181) 5 Queering Heterosexualities?

James Joseph Dean

NYU Press

This chapter highlights queered and nonnormative heterosexualities among the Black and White straight men and women. Bringing a queer studies perspective to bear on the narratives of the straight interviewees, it analyzes the nonnormative practices of some straight men by focusing on the emergence of metrosexual identifications among them. Queered straight identifications, in contrast, are a development exclusively found among the women featured. These women described their sexual experiences with other women, which ranged from same-sex desires and fantasies to sexual encounters with bisexual women, lesbians, and other straight women as well. Queered straight identifications reveals the limit of binary thinking in that it misses the complexity of sexual identifications in post-closeted contexts, where some women define themselves as straight but have same-sex desires and experiences that complicate simple binary understandings of people as either heterosexual or homosexual.

Keywords:   queer studies, nonnormative heterosexualities, Black, White, metrosexual identifications, queered straight identifications, same-sex desires, heterosexual, homosexual

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