New Study Finds A Surprising Amount Of Straight Men Love To Watch Gay Porn

Sean Cody

A new study on gay, straight, and bi men’s porn preferences has found that a lot more straight men are watching gay porn than you might think.

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The study, published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviorsurveyed 821 men about their porn-viewing habits. Researchers led by Martin J. Downing, PhD, found that 21% of heterosexual men reported watching same-sex porn in the past six months, compared to 98.3% of gay men and 96% of bi men.

55% of gay men reported watching opposite-sex porn, compared to 98.5% of straight men and 88.3% of bisexual men.

Cosmo adds:

While the rate of straight men watching gay porn may seem unexpected to those outside of the research world, Downing says that his team wasn’t surprised. “Sexual attractions and behaviors are more than just identity,” he tells Cosmopolitan.com. “Research has shown that some gay men are attracted to or find heterosexual and masculine men more attractive,” a preference Downing believes gay men to enjoy watching porn performers in straight sex scenes. (The pressure many gay men feel to perform “masculinity” to attract a partner is real.)

As for the straight men into gay porn, Downing notes that substantial research reveals that it’s not uncommon for men who identify as heterosexual to be attracted to or even hook up with other men (a reminder that “never ever in a million years feeling an ounce of attraction for the same sex” is not a prerequisite for being, and identifying as, straight).

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