Why are straight men turned on by gay women?

According to the site PornHub, the most searched ter m among American por n watchers ­ across states was “lesbian“.And it’s not just in the US ­ it’s all across the world.

If you go by the assumption that most visitors to porn sites are male, you’d wonder why men are so obsessed with gay women. But it’s not just men, it seems. A survey by Marie Claire, conducted on women who watched porn, found lesbian sex was high up their list of preferences.straight men women

“Still, the idea that straight men like it when two women make out (and more!) is so commonplace that it’s a cultural touchstone. They don’t even have to be real lesbians. On Friends, Chandler and Joey give up their apartment–their apartment in Manhattan–for the chance to watch two of their straight female friends kiss for one minute.,“ writes Olga Khazan at The Atlantic.

Khazan talks to Ogi Ogas a neuroscientist co-author of A Billion Wicked Thoughts What the World’s Largest Ex periment Reveals about Hu man Desire. According to Ogas, lesbian erotica is more popular among men because males are more aroused by visual cues that emphasize youth and downplay drama and emotional complexity.Two women having sex with each other means a double dose of the visual stimuli that men find attractive. “The only thing better than one nubile, personality-free woman is two of them,“ Khazan infers.

The reverse doesn’t seem to work quite as well. While women do write and consume significant amounts of gay male fiction (the so-called slash fic), these levels are much lower. “Unlike most men, Ogas says, most gay and straight women have an emotional, narrative component to their erotic fantasies. Straight women may have enjoyed Brokeback Mountain, but it was probably for the story ,“ writes Khazan.

There could also be a certain level of lying involved.Michael Bailey , a psychology professor at Northwestern University who has studied arousal, said when they’re asked by researchers, women say they don’t get turned on by sex scenes featuring two men.However, when researchers measure their levels of genital arousal, women seem to equally enjoy erotica featuring two women, two men, or a heterosexual couple.

And then, of course, there is the evolutionary explanation. It isn’t evolutionary advantageous for women to be as sensitive to visual stimuli as men are, since women “face pressure to pick the one guy who is going to invest a lot of resources in our offspring, and looks alone aren’t the best way to judge that,“ writes Khazan.