After Eric Anderson came out as the first openly gay high school coach in the United States, one of his students was attacked in a textbook illustration of a sociological phenomenon in his area of interest: the “guilt by association” that drives boys to aggressively prove their heterosexuality. That and other stories appear in his memoir, Trailblazing, about his time working with the cross-country students. In his academic life he has studied numerous topics related to masculinity, such as monogamy, sports culture, and bisexuality. One of his studies indicated that 89% of the 145 British college males he interviewed had experienced a same-sex kiss.
At the time of this writing Anderson holds a professorship with the University of Winchester. He is also a contributor to Psychology Today‘s blog, and has appeared on the reality television show The Real Gilligan’s Island.