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AUTHOR: Tony Silva
PUBLISHER: New York University Press
DATE: 2021
PAGES: 272

Still Straight: Sexual Flexibility among White Men in Rural America

by Tony Silva

Why do some straight men in rural America have sex with other men? In Still Straight, Tony Silva convincingly argues that these men–many of whom enjoy hunting, fishing, and shooting guns–are not gay, bisexual, or “just experimenting.” As he shows, these men can enjoy a range of relationships with other men, from hookups to sexual friendships to secretive loving partnerships, all while strongly identifying with straight culture.

Drawing on riveting interviews with straight white men who live in rural America, Silva explores the fascinating, and unexpected, disconnect between sexual behavior and identity. Some use sex with men to bond with other men in an acceptably masculine way; some are not particularly attracted to men, but are wary of emotional attachment with women; and others view sex with men–as opposed to women–as a more acceptable form of extramarital sexual behavior.

Taking us inside the lives of straight white men who have sex with other men, Still Straight shows us that heterosexuality in rural America is not always, in fact, what it seems.

  • Introduction
  • Why They Have Sex with Men
  • Friendship, Intimacy, and Love Between Men
  • Straight Culture
  • Why They Did Not Identify as Gay or Bisexual
  • Helping a Buddy Out
  • Guys Like Me
  • Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements
  • Methodological Appendix
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
  • About the Author

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