Report: Gay Men Aren’t Having As Much Anal Sex As We Think We Are


First The good news.  A new study by researchers at Indiana University and George Mason University found the “sexual repertoire of gay men surprisingly diverse.” In fact among 25,000 men surveyed, “participants reported  A WHOPPING 1,308 unique combinations of behaviors” during their most recent sexual event.”

Before you start thinking what I think you’re thinking though, it’s not what you’re thinking. Most of those combinations involved kissing, masturbation, holding a partner romantically and genital-to genital contact. In other words the normal every night kinds of things.  In fact, according to a study press release, “the most commonly reported behavior was kissing a partner on the mouth.”

We’re kind of boring when it comes to location..location..location as well.

The study found the majority of the romantic encounters happened at home, while only 3.7 percent of men reported having sex in public places.

Men over 60 make the best horn dogs apparently. According to a break down of the study over at the Hufftington Post, “Gay and bisexual men over the age of 60 reported the highest rates of arousal (80.8% and 84% respectively), while men 18 to 24 were most likely to report “little or no pleasure during the event” (11.9%).”

Perhaps the most surprising statistic in the study, unless you’ve been married for a while and then you sort of figure out why, is that only 33-35 percent of participants engaged in anal intercourse.  Younger males tended to bottom more often and older males tend, more often then not, to be the top.  The good news is that the majority of those having anal sex liked it and close to half of the survey respondents reported using a condom.

So besides learning that your pretty normal if you and your partner don’t go through the whole “shower-sex-shower” routine every night, the study does have a very practical purpose.

Co-Author Michael Reece, director of IU’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion, says, ” Due to the disproportionate impact of HIV among MSM, the majority of research on gay and bisexual men’s sexual behavior is situated within the context of disease. This emphasis has resulted in a body of literature about gay and bisexual men that is risk-focused, with limited understanding of the diversity and complexity of these men’s sexual lives.”

In other wards, nobody had no idea how boring we really are in the bedroom. Now they do. I would still kind of like to find out what combination 1, 307  was though.

You can learn more about the report here.

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