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Jane Ward

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479860685

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479860685.001.0001

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Nowhere without It

Nowhere without It

The Homosexual Ingredient in the Making of Straight White Men

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Not Gay

Jane Ward

NYU Press

This chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book suggests that homosexuality is an often invisible, but nonetheless vital ingredient of heterosexual masculinity. Taking sexual contact between straight white men as a point of departure, it offers a new way to think about heterosexual subjectivity—not as the opposite or absence of homosexuality, but as its own unique mode of engaging homosexual sex, a mode characterized by pretense, disidentification, and heteronormative investments. In particular, it argues that when straight white men approach homosexual sex in the “right” way—when they make a show of enduring it, imposing it, and repudiating it—doing so functions to bolster not only their heterosexuality, but also their masculinity and whiteness.

Keywords:   straight men, white men, homosexuality, heterosexual masculinity, sexual behavior

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