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Ward, Jane. NOT GAY: SEX BETWEEN STRAIGHT WHITE MEN. New York City, NY: New York University Press, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 240 pages. As New.

Book-length account on subject. Quite simply, the single best book on one of the most revealing "open secrets" of mainstream American culture. The First Hardcover Edition. Should not be confused with the regular trade Softcover Edition. Published in a tiny first print run as part of NYU's pioneering "Sexual Cultures" Series and as a hardcover original only for public libraries and academic institutions. It is elegantly produced, with gray cloth boards, metallic-silver titles on the spine, and printed on archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Jane Ward's "Not Gay". It will surely be regarded as a seminal study on the "real score" behind American sexual culture. "A straight white girl can kiss another girl, like it, and still call herself straight. Her boyfriend will even encourage her. 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 where straight guy-on-guy action is not a myth but a reality: There's fraternity and military hazing rituals, where new recruits are made to grab each other's penises and stick fingers up their fellow members' anuses; online personal ads, where straight men seek other straight men to masturbate with; and last but not least, the long and clandestine history of straight white men frequenting public restrooms for sexual encounters with other men. For Jane Ward, these sexual practices reveal a unique social space, where straight white men can and do have sex with other straight white men. To do so reaffirms - rather than challenges - their gender and racial identity. Ward illustrates that sex between straight white men allows them to leverage both their white-ness and their masculinity. These sex acts are not slippages into a queer way of being or expressions of a desired but un-articulated gay identity" (Publisher's blurb). Ward offers anecdotal and substantive evidence of her provocative thesis, and her intricately argued book represents a ground-breaking way to think about heterosexuality not as the opposite or absence of (and disgust about) homosexuality, but as a unique mode of engaging in homosexual sex without ever being implicated as homosexual. Because one isn't, very few men are gay, and despite what gay militants say, behavior does NOT define identity. Instead, this behavioral mode (characterized by role play, oblique rather than straightforward identification, racial and heterosexual privilege-ing) captures the complexity of human sexuality in a way that the (inescapable) binary modes of "hetero" and "homo" (or "straight" versus "gay") can never quite grasp or comprehend. An absolute "must-have" title for Jane Ward and gender/culture studies collectors. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: It should not be confused with the regular trade edition, which is a softcover original only. A scarce copy thus. One of the most brilliant living American social theorists. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 1479825174. $150.00

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