chapter  11
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Straight acting

Heterosexuality is a public position which seems to be experienced as a purely private matter. A man I know occasionally chides me for thinking (which I don’t) that people are either straight or lesbian/gay. Human sexuality, he points out, is much more complex than that; we are all (with a meaningful glance) different mixtures of hetero and homo. When this man’s marriage broke up, he ricocheted within months into another, while still retaining his complex admixture of public-toilet fumblings.