Tracy Clark-Flory compares adolescent male bonding on both sides of the Pond:
"It is normal in the United Kingdom for young straight boys to sleep in the same bed, frequently, and to cuddle," says [Eric Anderson, an American sociologist], who has primarily focused his research on white males living above the poverty line. In a recent study, he found that 90 percent of heterosexual undergraduate men in the U.K. had at least once kissed a straight male friend on the lips. Things are not so fluid in the U.S. — he found 7 percent of heterosexual college guys had smooched a straight male pal — but his in-depth studies of American jocks and frat boys, those expected to be the most homophobic, have revealed them to be increasingly comfortable with same-sex physical and emotional intimacy, he says.
Not when I was growing up.