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STUDY: Why Do 21% of Straight Guys Enjoy Watching Gay Porn?

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A recent study of 821 gay, straight, and bisexual men revealed three interesting things: 1) 21 percent of straight guys watch gay porn, 2) 55 percent of gay guys watch straight porn, and 3) all men prefer bareback (condomless) porn. Let’s quickly tackle what each of these findings mean:

1) 21 percent of straight guys watch gay porn

When you consider how much “straight” porn focuses on guys’ dicks — well-hung porn stars getting off, being pleasured, and doing anal — you’ll realize that a large amount of straight guys get aroused watching another guy get off. If a guy likes that, then he might also enjoy gay porn where it’s ALL about male arousal, full stop.

Some straight guys might enjoy the domination fantasy of being so masculine that they fuck another guy to show power, a sort of hyper-masculine sex scenario, if you will.

But it’s important to remember (as we’ve pointed out previously) that a significant number of straight guys have sex with men but don’t call themselves gay or bi: “2.8 percent of straight-identifying men reported having either oral or anal sex with another man in their lives.”

2) 55 percent of gay guys watch straight porn

A 2016 CDC study of 10,000 adults showed that five percent of gay men experienced sexual attraction to women. So naturally, some gay-identifying men get turned on by women and vaginal sex, even though they don’t self-identify as straight or bisexual.

It’s also likely that gay straight-porn viewers men turned on by watching straight guys getting serviced and having sex — what’s not to like (well, besides the rapey, male-gaze of most straight porn)?

Oh, and if you’re curious about bisexual males, 96 percent of bi guys like gay porn and 88.3 percent like straight porn; compare that to the 98.3 percent of gay men who like gay porn and the 98.5 percent of straight guys who like straight porn.

3) All men prefer bareback (non-condom) porn

About 65 percent of hetero guys prefer condomless vaginal porn (31.7 percent didn’t care if their porn had condoms or not). Comparatively, 64.4 percent of gay men prefer condomless anal porn (29.2 percent didn’t care if their porn was bareback or not).

Among bi guys, 50 percent preferred bareback porn and 41 percent didn’t care about condoms in porn at all. What that means is that about 91 to 97 percent of ALL guys either prefer bareback porn or don’t care about condoms in porn — it’s no wonder that bareback porn studios are now the norm.

This is particularly interesting considering that California has a ballot initiative to ban all bareback porn in the state. If this study is right, a bareback ban will hurt the porn market because most guys prefer condomless porn. Some porn producers say that the law will force bareback studios to go underground, making their STI monitoring and other safety precautions more furtive and risky.

(featured image via Noodles and Beef)