How Straight Men Who Have Sex With Men Explain Their Encounters
August 27, This article is more than 2 years old. After six years of the security, support, and occasional suffocation that comes with a long-term monogamous relationship, I recently became single for the first time as an adult out of college. I knew dating again would be a strange and possibly emotionally difficult experience after so long with one person. The first time I met someone I was interested in post-break-up, none of those rules were relevant. We had sex, texted, and hung out without counting the hours between messages or playing hard to get. The second time, however, I was not so lucky. The radio silence post-coitus seemed strangely cold. The shift in his behavior was particularly striking because it runs so counter to most conventional adult behavior. Hence the friendliness that oils our interactions with fitness instructors, former co-workers, friends-of-friends, and hairdressers.
This article is more than 2 years old. At Middlebury College, I lived a double life. On the apparent, I was successful. I was surrounded by diverse, intellectual friends. I led a popular student website and was active in the arts and exercise. I loved learning and made Phi Beta Kappa my junior year.