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Other DL men form romantic relationships with men and may even be peripheral participants in mainstream gay culture, all unknown to their colleagues and families.
Using a content analysis of more than 170 articles written between 20, sociologist Richard N. concluded that the media pathologized black bisexual men's behavior while either ignoring or sympathizing with white bisexual men's similar actions.According to a study published in the Journal of Bisexuality, "[t]he Down Low is a lifestyle predominately practiced by young, urban Black men who have sex with other men and women, yet do not identify as gay or bisexual." In this context, "being on the Down Low" is more than just men having sex with men in secret, or a variant of closeted homosexuality or bisexuality — it is a sexual identity that is, at least partly, defined by its "cult of masculinity" and its rejection of what is perceived as white culture (including white LGBT culture) and terms.Rejecting a gay culture they perceive as white and effeminate, many black men have settled on a new identity, with its own vocabulary and customs and its own name: Down Low.Several episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show were also dedicated to the subject including an episode aired 16 April 2004 and titled A Secret Sex World: Living on the 'Down Low' ; the show featured J. King discussing his book On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of Straight Black Men Who Sleep with Men. wrote a full-length play entitled Dancin the Down Low that he directed and produced at Northwestern University in April 2004.The down-low was also part of story lines on episodes of the television shows Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, The Starter Wife, ER, and Oz. In addition, Mc Cune has dedicated a dissertation on this topic.