chapter  1
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The Inner Boundary

Much of the action of this book takes place at the "inner boundary," the point in the mind where individuals as exponents of their culture confront-or begin to confront-their sexual feelings as these emerge from the inner world of meaning and emotion. Situated at that point there is, for most people growing up in this culture, an inner boundary, which is an internalized replica of the external boundary that separates people categorized as "heterosexual" or "homosexual." Among other things, this book examines, in depth, what happens when the potential for individual same-sex feeling comes up against this inner boundary and the need to maintain a heterosexual identity.