Gay men dating gay women

Cracking the why and when Recently, my colleagues and I at the University of Texas at Arlington developed a series of four related studies.We titled the four studies “Why (and When) Straight Women Trust Gay Men: Ulterior Mating Motives and Female Competition,” with the hope of better establishing straight women would be most likely to seek out gay men for friendship and guidance.Why are straight women so drawn to having gay men as friends? During the course of my research, I’ve discovered that the most interesting, compelling—and, arguably, most theoretically coherent—explanation is through the lens of evolution.Specifically, I believe evolutionary psychology and human mating can help explain why relationships between straight women and gay men tend to flourish.But with society’s attitudes toward gays and lesbians changing, it’s become all the more important to build a holistic understanding of the relationships between gay and straight people.

To further examine why this might be the case, we had women imagine receiving information from either a straight woman, straight man, or a gay man about their physical appearance and the dateability of potential boyfriends.I also recruited gay male participants, and had them complete the same task (with the gay men viewing Facebook profiles depicting a straight female, gay male or lesbian female).The experiments, published in the journal , demonstrated that straight women and gay men perceived one another to be trustworthy sources of relationship and dating advice.For the final two studies, we wanted to figure out when women were most likely to befriend and place their trust in gay men.We predicted that this would most often occur in highly competitive dating environments, where a trustworthy source like a gay friend would be valued by women jockeying with one another for a boyfriend.

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