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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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Average Dudes, Casual Encounters

Average Dudes, Casual Encounters

White Homosociality and Heterosexual Authenticity

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Not Gay

Jane Ward

NYU Press

This chapter examines the relationship between heteromasculinity and whiteness. It considers examples from contemporary popular culture that link homosexual sex with straight white male rebellion and adventure-seeking. It takes a particularly close look the independent film Humpday (2009), in which two straight white dudes decide to have sex with one another for the sake of “radical art.” In Humpday, white male hipsterism and its celebration of edgy, exotic, and memorable experiences are what propel the narrative forward as the protagonists dare themselves to be cool enough to “bone” each other. The chapter then moves to a close reading of personal ads posted on craigslist.com by posters claiming to be “white straight dudes” seeking one another for “not gay” sex. Both Humpday and the craigslist ads represent texts in which fantasies about straight white male sexual fluidity are exchanged, and in which both white and heterosexual “authentification” takes center stage.

Keywords:   straight white men, heteromasculinity, whiteness, gay men, homosexuality, Humpday, sexual fluidity, heterosexuality, personal ads, craigslist

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