Ah, the good old Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. Perhaps no other single institution has caused as much squirming and awkwardness amongst common, everyday adults. For some reason, a research building filled with sexual paintings, items and research just doesn’t appeal to America’s common folk. But it was the first sexual research institute of its kind and remains the forefront of the field today.
**I was corrected recently that this study is not from the Kinsey Institute, it’s a Indiana University study through the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Applied Health Science. But I like the intro too much to rewrite it.
And today, we’re talking about homosexual encounters between gay and bi-sexual men.
I know what you’re thinking. The last thing you want is for a science blog to invoke images of penile penetration between two men. Well, there you go. Happy now? But that’s exactly the point. That act isn’t what sexual encounters between men is all about.
A recent study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine collected survey information from nearly 25,000 gay and bisexually identified men about their last homosexual encounter. That encounter could encompass any number of different combinations of sexual acts. And, unsurprisingly, the most common single behavior was kissing on the lips at 80%. But perhaps surprisingly, less than 40% reported that their last sexual encounter had anything to do with their ass at all.
The point being, that when you think about men engaging in sexual acts, the whole who’s on top thing is kind of just a stereotype that people immediately revert to. Most times, it has nothing to do with that at all. And a lot of those reported encounters – more than 40% – were from men aged between 18 and 24. Sounds like their experimenting still.
On a side note, the study reported more than 1,300 combinations of activities during the most recent encounter. Doing a little bit of math, that has to include at least seven individual acts. (To get the most number of combinations possible, you just have to do a factorial. For example, 6! = 6x5x4x3x2x1 = 720 possible unique combinations.) So since 7! = 5,040, there had to have been at least seven to get to 1,300 unique combinations.
What were those seven? I leave you to figure that one out.