Saturday, 11 June 2016

Grindr: The Case For The Defence

Like there's anything wrong with that.
A study published recently in the Archives of Sexual Behavior seems to corroborate this. Taking in data from 1973–2014, it found that Americans are experimenting sexually more than ever before.

The study also found that the midwest and the south, in particular, have experienced a rapid increase in same-sex behavior. It suggests that one possible reason for this is the emergence of sexual and social networking sites, or “the apps” as we would call them.

“In other words, while those in the East and West may have long had access to potential sexual partners via urban centers with strong LGB communities and venues, those in the South and Midwest may have benefited more from the emergence of sexual networking technologies in terms of access to potential partners,” the paper said...

Gay men slut-shaming other gay men is nothing new. I see it every day. I see gay men lamenting that romance is dead (when was it alive for us – during the 80s?) and that dating apps are turning us all into sluts.

Personally, I don’t think having a lot of sex makes you a bad person, nor that anyone should have to justify using an app for hookups. But I am especially happy that these apps exist for men who live in often-overlooked parts of the country. I don’t see it as a negative thing. I see it as the continuation of a legacy of survival against societal shame. Be it an earring or a strategically placed handkerchief, gay men have always invented clever ways to find each other. And recently, they’ve just got a whole lot better at it. 

John Paul Brammer, Guardian Comment is free.

1 comment:

  1. I hate the word slut. Why do gay men accept patriarchal concepts related to male insecurities about bringing up another man's child and the general monotheist hatred of sex? If you are consenting adults, no-one should care what, with who or how often you do it.