How do gay men respond to controlling notions of masculinity in society and stereotypes of gay sexuality? This book explores the ways in which gay men in the United States engage in, contest and modify these notions and develop a sense of masculine identity. The book examines the creation of identity through the everyday lives of gay men: their work; home; community; and relationships.
Chapter 2: Seeking Sexual Lives: Gay Youth and Masculinity Tensions
Seeking Sexual Lives: Gay Youth and Masculinity Tensions
Revealing Gay Sexualities
Few activities elicit as much anxiety, pleasure, or confusion as sex. Even in the age of prolific public debates about sex “scandals” and talk shows depicting shocking sexual deviants, surprisingly little is known about some sexualities. This research reveals some of the unarticulated complexities of gay male youth's sexual lives and gives young gay men the rare opportunity to speak about their sexual stories in great detail.
Consider the following interview excerpt with Todd, a 19-year-old white gay man studying music and theater at a college in a medium-sized city on the West Coast:
Todd: The first time I had sex was when I was 16 and sadly enough, it ...