In one of our more intelligent and intellectual threads regarding breeding patterns on Gilligan’s Island, Internetslacker, a very affable newbie, agreed with my suggestion about the sexual leanings of two female characters by saying “Ginger and Mary-Ann were Lesbians. At least, in my world.”
Now maybe I should go back and check if Internetslacker is a guy before I shoot my big mouth off, but I am assuming assuming he is a straight male, and it got me to wondering.
Why are straight men so turned on by lesbian sex? Conversely, why are straight women apparently NOT much turned on by gay male sex?
A corollary question, (or perhaps only a slightly related question) would be “Why has lesbian sex been so little condemned or persecuted historically compared to male homosexuality?”
I have no actual studies to cite in support of the presumption that underlies question 1). Maybe someone out there has. But let’s look at common knowledge and anecdotal information.
a) Magazines like Hustler and Playboy regularly run lesbian sex pictorials (whether the models in the pics actually are gay is irrelevant) and they seem to turn on their straight, male readers.
b) A common joke among straight males dicussing homosexuality is that “two men can do anything they want in private, and two women can do anything they want as long as I get to watch.”
c) Remember the “catfight” episode in Seinfeld? Every time Elaine reported she was being threatened by a psycho female, male cops would get all excited and say “ooooh, catfight!”. Someone, I believe George, finally explained that the very possibility of some “girl-on-girl” action, even violent, turned men on.
d) Here in good ol’ liberal Canada, atttractive lesbian couples often refrain from holding hands in public NOT because of public disapproval but because they keep getting accosted by straight men who pleadingly offer them large sums of money if they will only “do it” in front of them and let them watch. And they usually add “Neither of you have to touch me, just let me be in the same room.”
e) I have never heard a straight woman say she was turned on by the gay male sex scenes in TV shows like “Queer as Folk” or movies like “Brokeback Mountain.” They might express sympathy for the tragic characters in that movie, but no turn-on.
In support of Question 2) we have only to note that the book of Leviticus in the Bible has no prohibitions against Lesbian sex. And many states of the modern world that continue to criminalize gay male sex have NO laws against lesbian sex.
I have my own theories, but I would like to hear from the other Dopers. Especially straight males and females. Comments?