Twists and Turns in Being Straight

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

James Joseph Dean, associate professor of sociology at Sonoma State University and author of Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture (NYU Press, 2014), looks at how advances in gay rights have changed straight sexual identities -- no longer the default assumption.


James Joseph Dean

Comments [4]

Mr Thing from Manhattan

ALL of us are bi-sexual whether we know it or not. This doesn't mean that we (the straights) engage in so called "homosexual acts". After all we do procreate and without the male-female sexual act there would be no future humans. But of course religion forbids those acts so it puts us in a gay-straight box.

Aug. 05 2014 12:04 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

What bothers me about the whole issue is that now everyone feels it is incumbent upon them to discuss their sexual orientation. I don't want to see sexual orientation on resumes, in classroom instruction, in baked goods. When I want to hire someone, or when I choose a doctor or a lawyer or a window washer, I don't care what their sexual orientation is. I want the best doctor or lawyer or window washer and I want that person to identify as doctor or lawyer or window washer. Sexual orientation is what occurs in the privacy of your own home after a day of doctoring or lawyering or window washing. Period.

Aug. 05 2014 10:35 AM

Somehow I don't like the term "straight" for those who are heterosexual. But I also have a problem figuring out what would be a better term. Also, I notice that so many events are termed either for "straights" or for gays, lesbians, bi's and transexuals. Why do we need to split things up this way? I like hanging out with intellegent, open minded. curious people - whoever and whatever they are.

Aug. 05 2014 09:58 AM
Ed from Larchmont

A poll a while ago, I heard, said that most people believed that more than 20% of people were same-sex attracted. A recent large survey showed that the percentage is, as is said of all populations, about 3%. Not a 50/50 split as they make it sound.

Aug. 05 2014 08:22 AM

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