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Remember this from section II?

  • When individuals like each other that happen to be male, they know (on some level) that they are being "watched" culturally in a way that makes showing affection risky -- the risk is looking less of a man, or womanly, or gay. They compensate as necessary:
  • They demonstrate affection in the most masculine way they can
  • any affectionate touching between guys is ritualized within athletic contact to make that contact culturally "safe"
  • continue