'Sexual attraction is about more than just identity'

Over a fifth of straight men watch gay porn, a study has found. 

Researchers who investigated the porn habits of men and if the films changed their behaviour uncovered that 21 per cent of straight men said they had watched same-sex porn in the past six months. Their findings challenge the idea that only gay men watch same-sex adult films.

Some 55 per cent of gay participants in the study said they had watched opposite-gender-oriented porn in that time. There was a 96 and 88 per cent split between bisexual men who watched gay or straight porn, respectively, Pink News reported. 

To make their findings, experts surveyed 821 men about their porn preferences, including whether they prefer to watch adult actors using condoms.

Dr Martin J Downing of the US organisation Public Health Solutions who lead the research told Cosmopolitan that the findings are not necessarily shocking to experts. 

“Sexual attractions and behaviours are more than just identity,” he said. 

“Research has shown that some gay men are attracted to or find heterosexual and masculine men more attractive."

In early October, Pornhub released statistics showing the terms that men who identify as gay use to search for content on their website. "Straight guy" topped the list followed by “black”, “daddy” and “bareback” - the term used to describe scenes where actors don’t wear condoms. 

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