This post is inspired by a poll on Afterelton which asks women to vote on why they love gay men in movies and television. I have run many polls about sex in M/M books and other related topics, but I was wondering about whether there are similarities between movies, television, M/M books and real life.
We love our M/M books. According to one publisher (Amber Allure) that I interviewed recently, their percentage of M/M books released compared to straight erotica and non-erotic titles has increased over a 6 month period to the point where it is now 80% of their total output. Clearly we love gay romances but why the explosion of interest NOW? It can’t be the Internet because that’s been there forever. It can’t be the fact that publishers are releasing M/M stories. They have been doing that for a number of years. So is there something in the food or are the guys throwing fairy dust at us? 😀
Why do so many women – bi, straight, and lesbian love to read about romances between gay men?
Is it because it’s somehow forbidden?
Do you just love the fantasy?
Do you think gay characters are more sexy than straight ones?
Is it because there is not the usual” traditional” female roles in the book e.g. damsel in distress, TSTL heroines so you can enjoy the stories?
Is it because two guys together are just hot and really, really cool?
Is it because the men are unattainable?
Do women see gay couples as more romantic than straight couples?
All of the above? None of the above?
What about metrosexuals? Do you like to fantasize whether they are gay?
In real life some women say they have gay male friends because they like typical female pursuits such as shopping, cooking, decorating etc. They can even go to the spa with their favourite gay man. However, this is a stereotype because some gay men are hunter/gatherers just like straight men. In real life it’s sometimes difficult to tell who’s who, even if you have gaydar. 😀
Why do women become “fag hags”? (I’m not using this term in a derogatory way). 😀
Is it because a woman just wants a gay man as part of her “collection”?
Is it because gay men appreciate you as a person, without the hassle of sex?
Do you just love the fantasy of having a special gay male friend with whom to do fun things?
Would you go out with a gay man if you had the opportunity?
Do you have gay friends? If so, what kind of relationship do you have?
Are you more “yourself” around gay men?
Esquire magazine suggested here that vampires have overwhelmed pop culture because young straight women want to have sex with gay men. Is this why women love to read M/M romances? Because they want to have sex with gay men even though they know gay men are only attracted to men?
Why do you love gay men in real life and in books?
What are your reasons for reading romances about gay men?