I love gay male porn

A straight woman has a thing for guy-on-guy action and wants to know: \"What\'s up with that?\"

Published October 14, 2011 12:00AM (EDT)

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I'm a straight woman, but I like watching gay male porn, especially where the men are supposed to be straight. It isn't something I'd want to pursue in my real sex life (I shudder, in a bad way, to think of my boyfriend hooking up with another guy), but in pure fantasy, it turns me on like no heterosexual porn ever has. What's up with that? Am I a freak?

Just the other night, I had the bizarre experience of co-judging a classy, high-brow event called the Air Sex Championships. At one point during the show, a man going by the pseudonym "Sir Fucks A Lot" climbed onstage wearing a baseball cap, a muscle-hugging V-neck, cargo shorts and a cocky Casanova smile. He looked like a straight frat boy stereotype, but to everyone's great surprise he began enthusiastically enacting a gay sex scene -- and, reader, it was hot. For the only time that evening, the all-female judging panel leaned forward -- instead of recoiling in disgust -- to get a better look.

This was just my most recent brush with straight-female sexual appreciation of gay men. I've come across variations on your question -- both in talking to female friends and in the short time that I've been fielding reader questions -- countless times before. (It isn't just heterosexual women -- remember the scene in "The Kids Are All Right" where the lesbian couple puts on some retro gay smut to get in the mood?) There isn't any reliable data on just how common your interest is, but Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam, who analyzed Web searches in "A Billion Wicked Thoughts," report that "over the past four years, gay porn has surged in popularity among heterosexual women and doesn't show any sign of having peaked." It doesn't stop at hardcore videos, either: Consider the thriving online world of explicit slash fiction, in which fans of various items of pop culture ephemera write scenes where straight-male leads -- from "Star Trek's" Kirk and Spock to "Twilight's" Edward and Jacob -- get it on. In Japan, there is a comic book equivalent called yaoi (or "boy love") with a similarly female-d...

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