So the Advocate recently reported the findings of a large-scale survey on sexual behaviors. Apparently, only 37.2% of over 24,000 gay and bisexually identified men indicated that their last sexual encounter consisted of anal sex. The most practiced activities were kissing (almost 75%) and mutual masturbation (73%).
The survey, entitled ‘The Gay and Bisexual Men’s National Sex Survey’ was sponsored by Manhunt, its sexual health affiliate Manhunt Cares (see my past post here about them) and its research partners, present the findings in a cutesy interactive graphical form which can be accessed from clicking on the picture on the left (i.e. I found out that 80.8 % of surveyed men have eaten cum at some point in their lives!) The abstract of the study, which appears in the Journal of Sexual Medicine can be found here.
Now before we give up our lube and condoms and other devices we find makes our anal sex experience more comfortable, there a few things to keep in mind. For some reason, the majority of respondents in this latest conducted by researchers from Indiana University and George Mason University were Caucasian males. Perhaps results would be changed if there was some diversity in the subject pool. Also, one should note that the respondents were “self identified” gay or bisexual. Perhaps if behaviors of non-identified men who have sex with men, (i.e. heterosexual identifying men) were recorded the results would also show a higher indication of anal sex. However, I like the point that one of the commentators made: Anal sex does require a lot of effort (much like vaginal penile sex as well) and perhaps people don’t want to go through such effort simply to get off.