Why Women Watch Gay Porn

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THAT HETEROSEXUAL MEN relish watching lesbian sex is a matter of common knowledge as well as social research. Anyone who picks up Playboy, Penthouse, Hustler, or any hetero men’s sex magazine is apt to find pages of female-on-female action. Mainstream porn films traditionally feature at least one scene of two ladies getting it on.

            It is not difficult to understand why so many heterosexual men enjoy lesbian lovemaking. “More female flesh,” is how a man I once knew succinctly put it. Straight men enjoy looking at women’s bodies, and lesbian action means more women to gaze upon. Another probable reason for the popularity of lesbianism in hetero men’s material is somewhat more troubling: many straight men harbor homophobic feelings or insecurities about their own sexuality such that scenes involving another man can be off-putting or threatening. Scenes that are female-only remove any possibility that the viewer could get turned on by another man.

            While males enjoying lesbian action is a commonplace, its counterpart—women enjoying gay men’s pornography—is not as widely recognized. Yet there is evidence that ladies are looking at erotica created for gay guys in unexpected numbers. That evidence is not just anecdotal but solidly statistical.

The Women in Straight Porn

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Denise Noe is a writer whose work has been published inThe Humanist, The Literary Hatchet, and other periodicals.

 

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  1. Gay men hate being told they are like women. when men watch women on woman they do not want to be one of them but women Fully 55 percent of the women Neville interviewed and surveyed said they imagined themselves as male when watching erotic scenes of male-male sex.
    gay and straight men do not think like women on this matter either

  2. Informing article, but…. I wish it adressed whether or not it’s okay. Is it okay to watch gay porn as a straight woman? Or is it objectifying gay men?

  3. I’m a child sexual abuse survivor. I don’t want to watch acts that were done to me be done to another person, because they trigger negative emotions in me. I also dislike straight porn because it often features an unequal dynamic featuring domination, infantilization, and dehumanization. Straight porn also skews towards incest themes, which brings up the past trauma.

    Lesbian porn is no good, because it also heavily features acts done to me, and as I am still dealing with disgust towards my own female body, I cannot suspend my disbelief enough to believe that women feel anything enjoyable from porn sex – it all registers to me as forced and uncomfortable.

    Despite this, I am not hateful towards all men, and still feel attraction towards them. I also feel attraction to women as well. But in person sexual interaction is too overwhelming for me, and so I end up watching gay porn, which features two equals without any element of me (female) to mentally “protect.”

    Considering the incredibly high incidence of sexual abuse and assault on women, I’m willing to bet others feel similarly to me, and are a significant subset of female gay porn watchers.

    • I’m a guy and feel so bad that you are going through that just remember not all guys are bad but not all guys are good I hope you find a nice kind man that will keep you safe and comfortable while you are dealing with some things you are a woman capable of kindness and generosity all women are like roses they bloom if you water them with love and take care of them but if not they will wither you also have to remember that you are beautiful and smart again I am sorry for what you have gone through

    • I understand what you mean I am a female as well, have not been abused sexually though. So I might not completely understand, but maybe you should consider therapy and not have sex. I am not sure if that would be a trigger to you.

    • I was chatting to a youngish male gay friend once, who felt that straight porn, and for that matter straight sex, was a dynamic of two people not equal, that the man wielded more power and was therefore dominating or overpowering the woman. He felt that two men together posed less of that threat. It genuinely seemed to trouble him, outside of his sexual preference, and I thought he was onto something.

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