Straights, Post-Closeted Culture, and the Continuum of Identity Practices
This concluding chapter reflects on the theories and patterns discussed in the previous chapters by arguing that post-closeted cultural dynamic has refashioned sexual identity practices, normative heterosexuality, and homophobias. Today, nonheterosexuals have more options regarding the association of sexual desire, behavior, and identity; and heterosexuals are often more deliberate and reflective about establishing a heterosexual identity. The chapter also explores the limits of the concept of a post-closeted dynamic by acknowledging that it better captures the micro-sociological phenomena taking place than the structural dynamics that persist in many social institutions, regions, and places. It ends with a summary of the analytical continuum that documents straight identity practices and the way race shapes each respondent's position on it.
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