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New Desires, New SelvesSex, Love, and Piety among Turkish Youth$
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Gul Ozyegin

Print publication date: 1937

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762349

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762349.001.0001

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The Classless Penis

The Classless Penis

(p.270) The Classless Penis
New Desires, New Selves

Gul Ozyegin

NYU Press

Cem, Can, and Devrim are three professionally successful, upwardly mobile gay men in their early thirties living in Istanbul. Their interview explores themes of "coming out," family connectedness, class, and love as they relate to fashioning gey identity. "Out" to varying degrees and in different contexts (familial, professional, etc.) the men bring into question the notion that being "out" is a static state or that it is essential to being gey in Turkey. Like the men and women of the previous chapters, they adopt façades to simultaneously conceal and reveal their identities as gay men. More than recognition and acceptance for being gey, what these men long for is to have their romantic relationships recognized and affirmed. Having a male lover accepted into their family lives as a female lover would be remains a fundamental and elusive goal for them in their self-making.

Keywords:   Family connectedness, Male lover, Upwardly mobile, Social class, Fashioning gay identity

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