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Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture

James Joseph Dean


Since the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the politics of sexual identity in America have drastically transformed. But the changes wrought by a so-called “post-closeted culture” have not just affected the queer community—heterosexuals are also in the midst of a sea change in how their sexuality plays out in everyday life. This book argues that heterosexuals can neither assume the invisibility of gays and lesbians, nor count on the assumption that their own heterosexuality will go unchallenged. The presumption that we are all heterosexual, or that there is such a thing as “compulsory heterosexuality,” ... More

Keywords: sexual identity, queer community, heterosexuals, Americans, masculinity, femininity, metrosexual, fluid sexuality, LGBTQ, homophobia

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780814762752
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814762752.001.0001


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James Joseph Dean, author

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