A lot of people think that homosexuality is a simple matter of genetics—if you have the so-called "gay gene," well, you know the rest. In other words, gays and lesbians are just "born that way" and that's that. While this explanation is intuitively appealing, the reality is that things are far more complex. Increasingly, scientific research suggests there are multiple factors that might contribute to homosexual orientation—and they're very different from one person to the next.
It’s Time to Take Your Temperature on Topping and Bottoming
Gay Guys Talk About If They Like Being A Top Or Bottom
Not exactly, anyway. The ubiquity of homosexual behavior alone makes it fascinating. Several years ago, a team of scientists led by Trevor Hart at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta studied a group of of gay male participants. That is to say, based on self-reports of their recent sexual histories, those who identify as tops are indeed more likely to act as the insertive partner, bottoms are more likely be the receptive partner, and versatiles occupy an intermediate status in sex behavior. For example, tops also tend to be the more frequent insertive partner during oral intercourse. In a issue of Sexual and Relationship Therapy , these scientists reported that tops were more likely to be the insertive partner in everything from sex-toy play to verbal abuse to urination play.
‘I’m Gay And Being A Bottom Is The Hardest Part’
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Most psychology research that deal with gay men dichotomize the sex roles as Top and Bottom if they differentiate among gay men at all - preference for insertive anal intercourse and preference for receptive anal intercourse respectively. This paper summarizes a study that tested a more elaborate categorization, and finds that sex role preference is correlated with differences in physical preferences for a sexual partner among gay men, suggesting that the hypothesized categorization is meaningful. The data suggests that sex roles should be thought of as a continuous spectrum that map onto a continuous spectrum of physical preferences. All respondents were volunteers recruited from www.