The Gays and Their Porn

Michael Kühn

Just one of those people with too much to say, too many opinions, too many stories to tell and a hell of a lot of attitude. Student, blogger, LGBT activist, fangurrl & scene queen. Sometimes mean funny. Setting the divas free. @IconArtMarilyn + iconartmarilyn.blogspot.com

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Forget about Beauty and the Beast, leave behind Harry and Sally, never mind Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, the most prominent love in the homosexual male community, is that undeniable bond between a gay man and his favourite porn.

Take your average guy from the ‘online generation’ and ask him what his favourite porn is. Whether a favourite performer, genre or fantasy, his eyes will light up, even with a side serving of guilt. So the question is why do we have such a guilty love for porn? I mean, other than it being hot!

1. The most obvious reason is the availability of porn on the internet. Let’s all think back a bit and remember when we first thought about being gay and researching stuff online. Ever google imaged gay? What we stumbled across was porn. Porn is now the rule rather than the exception, with the internet making it available to satisfy every one of our whims. The fact that sexuality is experienced for many for the first time through the internet, as well as being enabled by Grindr, Manhunt and Planet Romeo, means that sexual thoughts are a constant. In a word, you could say we are addicted.

2. Besides the availability, porn increasingly defines what “sexy” and male beauty is in gay culture. Think about it, think pit crew on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Our culture is overflowing with sexual references, innuendos and double entendre. While in some states it is exclusively heterosexual (Hello Russia!), with a huge side dish of sexism towards women, gay porn as a whole raises our expectations and allows us to consume the male ideal anonymously and harmlessly. Gay pornography is a substitute, an illusion that we can aspire to, and perhaps escape our unsexy real-life surroundings.

3. Gay porn lulls us into this perfection. Have you seen those guys in the videos? Hairless, hung creatures of God. Without a flaw and with huge c… charisma, the gays simply cannot help and look at it. And no, not from the perspective of it being hot, but from the point of body perfection. The gay community is obsessed with age-escaping, gym fit, perfect bodies, and some nice, flexing and gorgeous muscles are always worth a look!

4. Gay porn and its sex looks easy, nice and smooth and not one bit about it is gross. We all do love nice and easy. Reality check needed! Gay porn barely features awkward condom moments, ODing on lube, or even the possibility of bottom problems. In reality we all know, that sex in the “movies” doesn’t always translate to real life. Always be prepared! As my Mum says: “If you have people over for dinner, make sure the kitchen is clean!” This is not to say that porn should feature all this preparation, but a reality check might do some good for the fragile egos of douching gays everywhere.