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Gay 4 Pay: Gay Obsession with Straight Guys in Porn

by Dylan Fox
Friday Dec 14, 2007

Straight = Big Bucks

It’s a phrase gay men use to describe themselves or to express an attribute that they seek in others. But what exactly does it mean? For some, the interest in straight guys is just to find someone who isn’t overtly flamboyant.

But for others, like Randy Blue, Sean Cody, Mike Hancock and Corbin Fisher, gay man’s obsession with straight guys has created a booming Internet business that is raking in the cash.

Over the past few years, as adult entertainment has moved away from high concept DVD releases and become more popular on the web, a new breed of online entertainment has sprung up, which promotes straight men performing for a gay audience. The sites don’t make any apologies for using the straight boy-next-door types in their advertisements.

In fact, "straightness" is often used as a selling point.

As one of the most popular adult sites for gay entertainment, Corbin Fisher’s boasts "amateur college sex featuring the most gorgeous young men." The site explains that most of the models are "straight boys showing off their finest assets and earning an education in college sex!"

While the guys have beautifully chiseled bodies, boyish good looks and are often featured in sports type scenarios, some of their activities in these videos would hardly be considered straight. Oral and anal sex between two men is the very definition of homosexuality, yet the appeal of the site is that it is capturing straight guys in homosexual situations.

While many would argue that boys willing to go all the way with another man could not be straight, others attest that they have no interest in the same sex: It’s the cash that talks.

Inside The Tearoom

In the ’70s, sociologist Laud Humphreys conducted a study of homosexual behavior among straight men. "Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places," was written under the direction of Harvard sociologist Lee Rainwater, and received the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Humphreys spent hours hanging out in public men’s rooms, observing anonymous sex among men. In a highly unethical methodology, he then traced them to their homes and asked them to participate in an apparently unrelated demographic survey.

The majority of the men he surveyed were married men who identified themselves as straight.

According to his research, the fact that a straight man can have sex with another man is not a definition of his sexual proclivity, but is merely a tell tale of how much more readily available and willing men are to have sex. Debating whether someone is actually straight if they are willing to have sex with another man is something that could go on forever,

The real question is, why the obsession?

Clearly there is a difference between sex between two gay men and a "gay for pay" performer when watching porn.

Appearing more uncomfortable and less willing to participate without persuasion can be the straight man’s modis operandi when performing in a sex scene on video, but still, there are fans who have made sites like Sean Cody the most popular place for online gay adult entertainment.

As Your Guide to Gay Life columnist Ramone Johnson points out, "Many gay men try to use their powers of queer persuasion to create the ideal love fantasy. They become preoccupied with the quest of turning the seemingly impossible into the utterly tragic."

The addiction to something you can’t have becomes the fantasy itself, but is that a sign gay men are self loathing and want to identify and connect with the straight population, or is it merely that straight men are just sexier?

Are There Really Any Straight Men in Gay Porn?

Violet Blue of the San Francisco Gate notes in her article "Are There Really any Straight Men in Gay Porn?", "Some gay-porn industry insiders think it’s nothing more than a marketing construct, where the straight-boy fetish is enacted through a personality who is gay in real life but packaged and sold accordingly to the ’unattainable’ straight-boy fantasy."

The increasing popularity of these straight guy/gay sex sites is not by accident.

Many men want to see the unattainable and create the perfect male fantasy through the videos.

Wanting to make Tom Welling or George Clooney gay doesn’t actually make them that way, but maybe there is a need to feel that homosexuality is a natural activity.

Seeing it performed by "straight" men could somehow legitimize the behavior.

Wikipedia describes straight acting as, "The label often used by those who do not self-identify with the traditional, standardized perception of gay men. Because the term invokes negative stereotypes of gay people, its application is often controversial and may cause offense."

But in the world where metro sexuality reigns, what is considered stereotypical gay?

Is the stereotype a guy who wears short shorts, and speaks with a lisp like Mike Tyson?

Or is it well-dressed and overly polished man who wears designer jeans like David Beckham?

The lines of sexuality based on someone’s appearance and actions seems to be blurring, yet the term "straight acting" still seems to be overly relevant in gay culture.

If you watch the show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, most people would considerer Carson Kressley to be the flamboyant embodiment of the stereotypical gay man.

However, there are many more men who consider themselves gay who act, dress, and look like Kyan Douglas, so it would, therefore, make sense that he in fact represents the stereotypical gay man.

Is Straight Acting Hotter?

If straight acting refers to not being stereotypically gay, then it should be deducted that his behavior and personality is actually what men are not seeking when they say they only want straight acting men.

Or is the prejudice just against flamboyant behavior?

Certainly sites like Randy Blue, which hosts a bevy of beautiful men, most of whom claim to be straight, would not want to capture a flamboyant personality in porn, but is there any gay eroticism that does?

Colt Studio Group has mostly gay men in their videos, and it would be a challenge for any observer to find one of them acting in a flamboyant manner while participating in a scene.

So why is the fantasy so much higher if the guys say they are straight?

This year, online viewers voted stunningly sexy Johnny Castle as Men Magazine’s Man of the year. Castle has appeared in gay erotica, although only in solo scenes, and professes in his interview that he is straight.

Last years winner, Zeb Atlas, also considers himself straight.

Although both men are extremely attractive, it does seem odd that a gay publication with gay readership would vote for straight guy as their man of a year two years in a row.

As the "gay for pay" phenomenon continues to grow, it is important to remember that porn is created to fulfill a fantasy. Gay or straight, the men are living out sexual desires that the watcher can appreciate from a far.

Those fantasies, however, should not create a community that is longing to be something that they are not.

To appreciate a great body and a great face is one thing. But the next time you want a straight acting guy, be sure to figure out exactly what it is that you are asking for.

Copyright Gaywired.com. Used by permission.


  • David J Perez, 2007-12-18 00:37:25

    IMHO, however a man identifies himself is his business. as long as he can do his job of entertaining us viewers without denigrating his audience, does it really matter what (or I should say, who) he ’does’ when the cameras are not rolling? I don’t expect to see Julia Roberts walking a real-life "Hoe’s Stroll," simply because she portrayed one in "Pretty Woman." Porn and the sex Industries are about Entertainment, folks! as long as they can satisfy their audiences and be graciously appreciative of the "Hands that Stuff their G-strings",what does their ’real’ orientation matter?

    As a matter of fact, I’d posit that the so-identified ’Straight Man’ that ’works Gay’ is ’Queerer’ than any Gay Man actually inclined to sex it up with men, and a de facto part of Gay Community. Just a Thought....

    Peace, Pleasure, and the Pursuit of Happiness!

    D. J. Perez

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