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1.Nowhere Without It: The Homosexual Ingredient in the Making of Straight White Men 2. A Century of Not-Gay Sex 3. Here's How You Know You're Not Gay: The Popular Science of Heterosexual Fluidity 4. Average Dudes, Casual Encounters: White Homosociality and Heterosexuality Authenticity 5. Haze Him!: White Masculinity, Anal Resilience, and the Erotic Spectacle of Repulsion 6. Against Gay Love: This One Goes Out to the Queers Acknowledgments Notes Index About the Author

About the Author

Jane Ward is Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of California Riverside, where she teaches courses in feminist, queer, and heterosexuality studies. She is the author of Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men (New York University Press, 2015), and Respectably Queer: Diversity Culture in LGBT Activist Organizations.


Wards book is confident and theoretically well-informed, and offers a rich, often counterintuitive and thought-provoking tour through straight white mens homosexual activities and their shifting meanings in history, in the military, in fan fiction, in French kissing among Hells Angel members, as well as in the accounts of pop psychological experts who assure straight men having sex with other men that they arenot gay. In short, this is cultural studies at its best. * Times Higher Education *
[Not Gay] provides a compelling and intriguing argument, that, rather than erasing queer identities, complicates the concept of identity itself. * The Society Pages *
What I love about this book is that it expands our notions about what it means to be human. * Women's Studies Quarterly *
The title of Jane Wards book is not meant to be ironic. Her argument is that while sexual activity between straight white men does take place, it doesnt mean that the participants are gay. The book is about exploring the circumstances under which this situation can be said to arise. * The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review *
A key contribution of the book is its documentation of the freedom and power enjoyed by straight white men to define what 'not gay'and 'real'homosexuality looks like and in what circumstances these terms are applied . . . well-written and direct in both its presentation and synthesis of a range of materials. * Qualitative Sociology *
[]Not Gay, an insightful treatise on the nature of heterosexual male interaction with other men, addresses many of the stereotypes and assumptions associated with straight and gay men. The book also skillfully analyzes the often fluid nature of sexuality, race, privilege, and the taboo crossover behavior between sexually active men of opposing preferences. * The Bay Area ReporterWard writes with refreshing candor that other readers will likely appreciate By drawing on multiple forms of evidence, she offers a fascinating reconsideration of how we think about mens sexuality. * Men and Masculinities *
Rather than focusing so much on sexual orientation, or trying to unmask the feelings of these men, who position themselves as heterosexual yet engage in same-sex sexual behavior, Ward turns her attention to the ways in which certain organizations use homosexual acts to further men's investment in heterosexuality, hypermasculinity and homosociality in order to build lasting, strong bonds and friendships and to reassert white manhood. * Metapsychology *
This fascinating book explores the worlds of white men who have sex with other white men and yet identify as straight. * Pacific Standard *
Ward's significant contribution to the current discourse on sexual fluidity lies in her deep reflection on how self-identified straight men construct an identity where context-specific, same-sex, sexual behavior can be incorporated into an otherwise white, straight, masculine identity. * PsycCRITQUES *
Ward's idea that our cultural understanding of men's sexuality has been way too simplistic for way too long is fundamentally sound and refreshing. Ward's research suggests she's well on her way to enacting the change she intended with her writing. Greater understanding of any cultural phenomenon is only a good thing for the world. * Gawker.com *
With a lot of nuanced arguments and a provocative, corrective thesis,Not Gayis undoubtedly a book that demands to be read. * Gender & Society *
Listed on Gift Guide 2015: LBGT Titles to Round out Your Holiday Shopping Lists: Plenty of straight guys have sex with other men while protesting vehemently that they are & not gay. This provocative book is an attempt to understand that phenomenon. * Gift Guide 2015 *
Not Gay is nothing less than a breath of fresh air. This book is certain to change the way that we think about heterosexualitys relations with the homoerotic. -- Roderick Ferguson,author of Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique
Clear-eyed and unsqueamish, Not Gay defiantly insists that sex between contemporary American straight white men is in fact meaningful sex that can'tand shouldn'tjust be hand-waved away. Jane Ward provides a timely and convincing corrective. -- Hanne Blank,author of Virgin: The Untouched History
Not Gayopens up a discussion of male sexual fluidity that is real and needed. * Bitch Magazine *
Ward presents a critical piece missing from GBLTQ studies: the examination of white homoerotic activity within heterosexuality...Ward exposes the cultural construct of heterosexuality as it applies to men and women, illuminating the patriarchal and gendered roles assigned to gay and not-gay men and women. [] A valuable study for those interested in gender and GBLTQ studies. Summing Up: Essential. * Choice *

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