Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

...call my friend. I thank my mother, Rita Ramirez, for listening to my ideas and for her intellect and belief in me, my father, John, for his passion, directness, and ability as a coach to be heard across a court to play defense, and my brother, Gene, for our...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-22

...However, one day when I was on the phone with my mother, she expressed her surprise after Gene informed her that his roommate was gay. She had never before questioned his roommate’s sexuality and assumed he was straight upon meeting him. I think...

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1. Thinking Straight: Gender, Race, and (Anti)homophobias

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pp. 23-46

...not offering them the same rights as heterosexual married couples. The case proved disappointing. In 1999, the Vermont State Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to deny the same benefits of marriage to lesbian and gay couples, but the...

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2. From “Normal” to Heterosexual: The Historical Making of Heterosexualities

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pp. 47-86

...lingo, the casual sex “hookups” of college students and other nonmonogamous straight men and women. These images, though, are not natural results emanating from biological male and female differences, nor are they socially random...

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3. Straight Men: Renegotiating Hegemonic Masculinity and Its Homophobic Bargain

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pp. 87-132

...identity practice change in contexts where lesbians and gay men are out and other straight individuals disapprove of hostile homophobic attitudes? Although homophobia persists, I argue that straight men, like Eric Ward, a white man in his twenties...

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4. Straight Women: Doing and Undoing Compulsory Heterosexuality

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pp. 133-180

...Nonetheless, I do find homophobic prejudices among straight women. In particular, their antigay prejudice comes to the surface regarding the issue of same-sex marriage and granting social and legal recognition to lesbian and gay couples...

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5. Queering Heterosexualities? Metrosexuals and Sexually Fluid Straight Women

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pp. 181-246

...When did metrosexuality become part of Americans’ discourse around straight masculinities? And what does it mean to the straight men who embrace the term as well as those who don’t?” Similarly, new terms like “heteroflexible” signal...

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6. Conclusion: Straights, Post-Closeted Culture, and the Continuum of Identity Practices

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pp. 247-264

...federal enfranchisement to their unprecedented normalization in popular culture. But, just as emphatically, patterns of normative heterosexuality have changed significantly over the last four decades. Although straight identities and practices...

Appendix

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pp. 265-268

Notes

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pp. 269-274

Bibliography

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pp. 275-296

Index

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pp. 297-304

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About the Author

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pp. 305-305

...James Joseph Dean is Associate Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University. His research focuses on the sociology of sexualities, particularly the sociology of heterosexualities. Recent publications...