Large number of self-identified straight men enjoying gay sex
A new study shows a large number of men who identify as straight are hooking up with other guys – and enjoying it.
A recent survey of 24,000 undergraduate college students has revealed some interesting information – one in eight identify as heterosexual.
Published in Archives of Sexual Behaviour, “Heterosexual College Students Who Hookup with Same-Sex Partners” detailed the characteristics of people who would have sexual relations with same-sex partners but continue to self-identify as straight.
The study itself was led by Arielle Kuperberg with The University of North Carolina at Greensboro at Greensboro and Alicia M. Walker with Missouri State University in Springfield.
Notably, many of the participants claimed to have “more conservative attitudes.”
Investigators discovered that there were distinct types of straight men who would engage in gay sex.
“Three types,” they explained, “comprising 60% of students, could be classified as mostly private sexual experimentation among those with little prior same-sex experience, including some who did not enjoy the encounter.”
Kuperberg and Walker suggest: “the other two types in this group enjoyed the encounter, but differed on drunkenness and desire for a future relationship with their partner.”
They said that though some of the hookups were explained away as “performative bisexuality” by women, this factor made up a small minority of the students – just 12 percent, in fact.
Tellingly, more than one in four – around 28 percent – had “strong religious practices and/or beliefs that may preclude a non-heterosexual identity, including 7 percent who exhibited internalized heterosexism.”
Researchers studied the reaction of men and women who identified as heterosexual when they were shown different kinds of pornographic material.
The author of the study, Ritch C. Savin-Williams, stated he wasn’t shocked by the research findings, but that he was stunned at how many guys still identify as straight, despite their behaviors.
“We’re trying to get at the way people really are,” he said. “Sometimes, it seems people are one way but believe they have to report themselves in another way, and that’s not good.”
Savin-Williams added that the findings of his study proved a “loosening of the boundaries”.
“I think that’s happening for both sexes. It’s probably a good thing, because it gives kids growing up more diversity, more options, so they don’t feel like they have to fit in [at all costs].”