Testing proximity and intimacy: An everyday reappropriation of private and public space

Edgar Rodríguez-Dorans*

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While sexuality, in general, has been an area of human life that has been the object of social regulation, gay sexualities have been disproportionately disciplined and oppressed in a way that both public and private life have been punished. This autoethnography addresses how experiences of relational intimacy have been a crucial factor in resisting public oppression against gay people. Through a narration of a coming-of-age relationship, the author argues that intimate ways of relating for gay men have been constructed around the fleeting opportunity, the unexpected place in response to intimidating, persecutory, and unwelcoming experiences of the public space. Harshness helped the author and his partner discover softness in unexpected places and, in turn, create intimate ways of relating that differed from the normative idea that gayness should be restricted to the confines of private life.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Everyday Lives of Gay Men
Subtitle of host publicationAutoethnographies of the Ordinary
EditorsEdgar Rodríguez-Dorans, Jason Holmes
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter10
Pages113-122
Number of pages10
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781000482263, 9781003133506
ISBN (Print)9780367676834, 9780367679460
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameTransforming LGBTQ Lives
PublisherRoutledge

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