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Researchers report biological correlations in anal sex role in gay men

In Jezebel, Rich Juzwiak discusses two research studies from the University of Toronto Mississauga that look at biological determinants of penetrative sex roles.

While there are a host of biological (and other) theories and factors regarding homosexual orientation, Juzwiak writes that they “tend to have one thing in common: they treat gay men as a monolithic group.” The research team from UT Mississauga “has investigated variation within the population of gay men based on their anal-sex roles (that is bottom, or receptive, top, or penetrative, and versatile, or both receptive and penetrative depending on circumstance). The results of two of their studies suggest there very well could be biological subgroups of gay men.”

The studies are different because anal-sex role has been usually viewed as a result of social factors rather than biological factors. Plus, Juzwiak indicates that the top / bottom binary persists in gay culture despite “every study I’ve read that asks about the anal-sex role of its respondents has found that the majority men who have sex with men identify as versatile (including the two studies at hand from the UT team) as well as my own anecdotal experience suggesting as much.”

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