Ward illustrates that sex between straight white men allows them to leverage whiteness and masculinity to authenticate their heterosexuality in the context of sex with men.
By understanding their same-sex sexual practice as meaningless, accidental, or even necessary, straight white men can perform homosexual contact in heterosexual ways. These sex acts are not slippages into a queer way of being or expressions of a desired but unarticulated gay identity. Instead, Ward argues, they reveal the fluidity and complexity that characterizes all human sexual desire.
Nowhere Without It: The Popular Science of Heterosexual Fluidity. Jane Ward provides a timely and convincing corrective.
The book is about exploring the circumstances under which this situation can be said to arise. She neatly breaks down common defenses given to 'explain' such actions As I responded to her thoughtful questions, the mental walls I had subconsciously built began to crack: The alcohol, drugs, and unsolicited groping were so normalized in everyday social life on the gay streets of Milwaukee and Internet spaces that I had been subconsciously conforming to it.
Milwaukee used to have a gay strip club. The cast of strippers was almost entirely Black gay and transgender people. I met friends with benefits and had willing sexual encounters there.
I built close friendships with most of them, and to this day still have love for the former crew. What shocked me, however, was when I learned one of the newest strippers had been underage when they began approximately 16 or 17 years of age. Everything I described was, and still is the norm. I still witness and experience the same drug-induced sexual advances by white men, but now I know enough about consent and power dynamics to be able to see exactly what is happening.
I saw this a lot growing up in Milwaukee.
But can straight white guys experience the same easy sexual fluidity, or would kissing a guy just mean that they are really gay? Not Gay thrusts deep into a world. A straight white girl can kiss a girl, like it, and still call herself straight—her boyfriend may even encourage her. But can straight white guys experience the same.
After all, Black families are two and half times above the poverty rate of Wisconsin overall. But this is not limited to my personal experiences in Milwaukee. Commonly understood, however, the number could be greater as men and masculine-identified people are often deterred from reporting abuse. And Black men especially are disallowed from holding their abusers accountable.
soilstones.com/wp-content/2020-01-29/3978.php Sadly, Crews became the target of both homophobic and anti-Black verbal attacks via social media as well as mainstream media. Homophobia and anti-Blackness converged to protect Venit and shame Crews.
Of course, Buttigieg is privileged, too. He grew up with professors for parents, attended Harvard, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.
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But there are women like Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar who deserve real consideration. For some, the identity is important and that is a struggle, but for many others, sex just happens in all sorts of forms with a variety of partners. Views Read Edit View history. Buttigieg engages LGBT crowd by sharing personal struggle of being gay. I grew up in a time when white men were running everything and it seems we have not moved all that far from those times. Frequently bought together.
South Bend, Ind. Buttigieg recently launched an exploratory committee to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. National Post. Josh Dehaas.