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Posted July 13, Reviewed by Lybi Ma. The last posting described a population of males who consider themselves heterosexual, do not label themselves gay or bisexualwho eschew involvement with the LGBT community, who are often married or romantically involved with an opposite-sex partner, and who engage in sex with males or express the desire to do so.
Research with this population is difficult due to the challenges of reaching these men—the majority of whom keep this activity covert. Recall from the posting that straight men who have sex with other men SMSM do not generally share details about their same-sex sexual activity or desire with ificant others in their lives. The existence of white men engaging in the same behavior is unquestioned but has generally been elided even though our existing knowledge base on bisexual men, in general, is built upon the white male experience.
Same-sex sexual activity did not necessitate a reconsideration of sexual identity for four reasons:. Also, while engaging in the sexual behavior, the subjects avoided kissing, hugging, talking to the other male or even looking at himand leaving immediately following sex. Similar findings were found throughout a series of interviews with non-gay identified MSM prepared for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention in These men determined same-sex sexual activity did not challenge their heterosexual identity because:[v].
Finally, while there is conflicting data, it appears that non-gay identified MSM engage in high levels of drug and alcohol use. Other studies further elaborate the many reasons for SMSM substance use, including:[vii]. As the above research demonstrates, we have a much better understanding of the lived experiences of SMSM in comparison to a mere decade ago.
However, the etiology of this behavior remains contentious, and the final posting in this blog series will examine proposed etiological explanations for this demographic. The concept of straight men who have sex with men challenges the traditional and for many the unyielding belief that sexual behavior is indicative of identity. Using this stricture as a guide, a man who has sex with another male must be gay or bisexual at the least. But what if the men in question identify as heterosexual?
Are they lying? Recall from the first posting that researchers increasingly call for studies to include a comprehensive description of sexualityone encompassing self-identification, arousal patterns, and behavior. Quite possibly, this conflux of factors offers the best etiological elucidation of the SMSM demographic. Harawa, John K. Williams and Hema C. References [i] J. About the Author. Online: Michael's Website. Read Next. Back Psychology Today. Back Find a Therapist. Back Get Help. Personality Passive Aggression Personality Shyness. Family Life Child Development Parenting.
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