Dude Sex in Heterosexual Men: Sexual Fluidity in Men

Dude Sex in Heterosexual Men: Sexual Fluidity in Men. Sexual fluidity has been accepted as a common aspect in the discussion of sexuality and especially with regards to the notion that heterosexual women can have sexual relations with other women. Even with the acceptance of this fluidity, its application to the masculine gender has been a contentious issue and one where sexual encounter between men is likely to be considered homosexuality rather than sexual fluidity. In a study conducted by Silva and Whaley (2017), the researchers observe that men who have same sex sexuality have a meaning-making process that is affected by attitudes on child rearing and sexuality and hence an identification with heterosexual identification.

From this perspective, the men having sexual relations with other men may be gay but opt to maintain heterosexual identification due to the normalization of heterosexuality. Ward (2008) also builds on this perspective based on the logic of the closet where he notes that ‘dude sex’ is a failure by individuals to be honest about who they are or the sexual community that they belong and may therefore signify sexual repression. In this regard, ‘dude sex’ in the context of straightness may be a form of sexual repression and a need to strongly identify with the heterosexual community.

Dude Sex in Heterosexual Men: Sexual Fluidity in Men

The paper that follows discusses the various arguments around ‘dude sex’ while also tracing its historical underpinning in some societies. Also considered is how sex between men in some institutions such as prisons or the military fits within the heterosexual identification. Individuals engaging in such acts within these institutions leverage socio-economic success, hyper-masculinity, and the need for quick and easy sex in maintaining their moral righteousness and heterosexual identity. Such is in affirmation of the notion that identification as a homosexual is likely to threaten individuals but same sex sexuality denotes a homosexual selfhood hidden in hetero-normativity.