Various hankies in various back pockets. Who's a top? A bottom? Versatile? Photos: Rich Stadtmiller

Positioning Our Sex - Deconstructing Top, Bottom and Various Codes

Race Bannon READ TIME: 1 MIN.

In 1968 an iconic novel by author William Carney was published titled The Real Thing. The story is set in New York amid a cast of an early generation of gay leathermen. Many consider it one of the first modern gay leather and BDSM novels. It's a classic.

The following sentence jumped out at me when I first read it, and that resonates even more today in our current sexual culture environment:

"Is it any wonder that the top men are so temperamental, so vulnerable, seeing that so much is expected of them and that almost the entire success of an arrangement depends upon them?"

by Race Bannon

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