Homosocial intimacy among Australian Undergraduate Men

Murray Drummond, Shaun Filiault, Eric Anderson, David Jeffries

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    Homophobia and the avoidance of same-sex intimacy have traditionally been considered defining characteristics of heterosexual masculinity. They have not only subjugated gay men, but have maintained negative health implications for heterosexual men as well. However, in response to decreasing homohysteria, researchers from the United Kingdom found that 89% of British undergraduate heterosexual men have engaged in a particular type of same-sex kiss. This research seeks to examine whether this cultural shift, and corresponding homosocial intimacy, is evident among Australian undergraduate men. Among the 90 heterosexual men interviewed, 29% report having engaged in at least one same-sex kiss. Results indicate a changing relationship between the construction of Australian heteromasculinity and the avoidance of same-sex behaviours.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)643-656
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Sociology
    Issue number3
    Early online date2015
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Sep 2015


    • homophobia
    • intimacy
    • kissing
    • masculinity
    • youth


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