Top Scientists Get to the Bottom

HEALTH + GAYOLOGY

...Of gay male sex role preferences.

In his column Bering in Mind, research psychologist Jesse Bering of Queen’s University Belfast presents evidence from surveys and research studies regarding top, bottom, and versatile labels. Topics include health implications and well as personality, social, and physical correlations.

But the great thing about good science is that it’s amoral, objective and doesn’t cater to the court of public opinion. Data don’t cringe; people do.

JESSE BERING
It's human behavior all the same

As Scientific American is an esteemed publication, Bering noted, “I’m very much aware that some readers may think that this type of article does not belong on this website. But the great thing about good science is that it’s amoral, objective and doesn’t cater to the court of public opinion. Data don’t cringe; people do. Whether we’re talking about a penis in a vagina or one in an anus, it’s human behavior all the same. The ubiquity of homosexual behavior alone makes it fascinating. What’s more, the study of self-labels in gay men has considerable applied value, such as its possible predictive capacity in tracking risky sexual behaviors and safe sex practices.”

Note that the article was published in 2009. Jesse Bering is now Director of the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Psychologist, Director of the Centre for Scientific Communication | University of Otago, New Zealand

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