Some Dude, reading my book: It’s so nice to read a book about dudes being close.
Me: Oh, thank you. I wanted to discuss emotional and sexual intimacy between men.
Some Dude: What’s better than this, two men being bros and getting boners around each other.
Me: Uh, yeah . . . ?
SD: Or two bros being bros while kissing. That’s so awesome. Bros can be bros and kiss.
Me: Uuh . . . ?
SD: And that whole chapter where the one dude gets on top of the other and there are orgasms? Totally bros just being bros and having a little fun.
Me: . . .
Me: One of them is gay and the other is questioning his sexuality. It says that in the text. Everything is an overt expression of sexual desire between them. The orgasm scene — they are having sex! Not “bro” sex! Sex-sex! They even argue about the definition of sex before agreeing what happened was sex! There are graphic descriptions of sex acts . . . They touch penises for god’s sake, do you need any more evidence to prove this wasn’t just bros being bros???
SD: But they were touching penises in a bro way.
Me: . . .
SD: When the one guy starts doing the butt stuff to the other, that’s not sexual, it’s just bros being bros.
I wrote this because some people have the special ability to erase or ignore queer relationships and sexuality in literature and media, even when it is presented in a blatant, explicit manner.