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Men Are Identifying Themselves as 'Mostly Straight' Now

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But are they still covering it up with aggressive masculinity and homophobia? Probably. 

In news that will shock you as much as the time you found out Clay Aiken is gay, it turns out straight men aren't as straight as they pretend to be. I know, I know. Earth shattering. Ok, real talk, "straight" guys have long been known to be as straight as spaghetti noodles when they heat up, but now there's a new study helping prove why your straight friend is suddenly curious what your lips (and more) taste like.

Thanks to the work of Ritch Savin-Williams, a Ph.D professor of developmental psychology at Cornell, we have a better idea of just how many men are "mostly straight." In his new book, Mostly Straight: Sexual Fluidity Among Men, the psychologist studies the sexuality of straight men and found that "when given the option to identify as mostly straight, approximately 5 to 10 percent of men do so." This stance is especially true among millennials because, unlike the sexually repressed generations of decades past, we're pretty down with the idea that things like sexuality and gender are as fluid as a river.

It was nearly four years ago that Hunger Games actor Josh Hutcherson told us that he was "mostly straight" in an interview. "Maybe I could say right now I'm 100 percent straight. But who knows? In a fucking year, I could meet a guy and be like, 'Whoa, I'm attracted to this person'... I've met guys all the time that I'm like, 'Damn, that's a good-looking guy,' you know? I've never been, like, 'Oh, I want to kiss that guy.' I really love women," he said, "but I think defining yourself as 100% anything is kind of near-sighted and close-minded."

The book ultimately makes the case that "an increasing number say they're straight, but feel a slight but enduring sexual or romantic desire for men," which we're totally down with as long as it means they'll stop covering up their desire for some dick with overbearing and violent expressions of masculinity and homophobia.

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