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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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Bars, Bikers, and Bathrooms

Bars, Bikers, and Bathrooms

A Century of Not-Gay Sex

(p.51) 2 Bars, Bikers, and Bathrooms
Not Gay

Jane Ward

NYU Press

This chapter moves back in time, exploring the evolving ways that straight white men have engaged in homosexual behavior since the late nineteenth century, and concomitantly, the ways that Americans have understood these sexual practices and their local and contextual meanings. It draws on historical evidence of the homosexual encounters of “normal” white men dating back to the early twentieth century, with focus on the sociocultural and institutional sites in which white men have had sex with men. From saloons and tenement houses, to military barracks and fraternal clubs, and to truck stops and bathrooms, “normal” (heterosexual) white men have long found ways to have hetero-masculine sex with one another. To elucidate the forces that gave rise to the contemporary “white dude” and his “meaningless” homosexual sex, the chapter examines the mutually constitutive production of modern masculinity, heterosexuality, and whiteness, alongside the concurrent evolution of the sociobiology of gender, sexuality, and race.

Keywords:   straight white men, homosexual behavior, sexual behavior, masculinity, heterosexuality, whiteness, gender, sexuality, race

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