On the other hand because he went back to the phones he uncovered a change within the discourse mirroring what was occurring in the broader society.
Both the heterosexual community and the gay community were calling out men identifying as DL as dangerous and duplicitous.
He points out that not publically identifying with the community is a form of treason because it diminishes the physical power in term of both numbers but denies the ability to claim those who possess prestige and membership in the dominant social hierarchy–the doctors, teachers, lawyers.
As traitors those passing in both are described as sneaky and deceivers who endanger both the group they are trying to blend in with and the one they are trying to leave behind.
Part of what makes Sexual Discretion so interesting is its effort to keep traditional participant-observation in productive tension with textual, discursive, literary, and media analyses.
As Mc Cune tracks how African American men adopt, resist, and disavow the DL as a meaningful sexual identity, he handles these different sites with analytical rigor, deftness, and sensitivity – important given the constant barrage of misinformation fueling the DL controversy.