xix). Instead Howard is reporting on specific actions and specific desires at specific locations in Mississippi.
Howard claims that the home in general and the bed specifically is the site that gets “queered” first (p. 41). Here we find Fitz again who is now college aged and home for the Thanksgiving holiday. His sister’s boyfriend shares Fitz’s double bed. Consensual sex ensues and is repeated at various other venues while his sister continues to date him.
One of the descriptors that Howard uses is “homosex” and he defines it simply as sexual acts between two men. Howard doesn’t use academic or medical terms to describe what is occurring between Fitz and Chuck in bed, behind the haystacks, at public rest stops, in Grandma’s guestroom or bathroom or any other site that is thus changed by queer activity and which in turn changes the performer. Fellatio becomes a blowjob (through a hole in adjoining spaces called a glory hole), anal sex is corn-holing and all manner of locations or space are discussed including tea rooms, bath houses and rest rooms as places gay men can exercise desire as well as action. This activity continues without social repercussions as quiet accommodation continues through the 1950’s.
Although it would appear to be counter-intuitive in the generally sexually repressed times