Cohort Effect on the Coming Out Experiences of Bisexual Men

Authors: McCormack, M., Anderson, E. and Adams, A.M.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/26212/

http://soc.sagepub.com/content/48/6/1207

Journal: Sociology

Volume: 48

Issue: 6

Pages: 1207-1223

Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)

ISSN: 1469-8684

DOI: 10.1177/0038038513518851

This article examines bisexual men’s experiences of coming out across three age cohorts, and documents generational differences in the reception from friends and family regarding this disclosure. Drawing on in-depth interviews with an ethnically diverse sample of 60 openly bisexual men from the United States, we find that the oldest cohort encountered the most stereotypical views and prejudiced behaviour, while those of the youngest cohort expressed predominantly positive coming out stories. We attribute the cohort differences in these experiences to a decrease in cultural homophobia, alongside changes in the social organisation of masculinities.

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Authors: McCormack, M., Anderson, E. and Adams, A.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/26212/

Journal: Sociology

Volume: 48

Issue: 6

Pages: 1207-1223

ISSN: 0038-0385

DOI: 10.1177/0038038513518851

© The Author(s) 2014. This article examines bisexual men’s experiences of coming out across three age cohorts, and documents generational differences in the reception from friends and family regarding this disclosure. Drawing on in-depth interviews with an ethnically diverse sample of 60 openly bisexual men from the United States, we find that the oldest cohort encountered the most stereotypical views and prejudiced behaviour, while those of the youngest cohort expressed predominantly positive coming out stories. We attribute the cohort differences in these experiences to a decrease in cultural homophobia, alongside changes in the social organisation of masculinities.

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