Women feel more comfortable interacting with gay men than straight men, study finds

first_imgWomen tend to have friendlier and more intimate interactions with gay men than straight men after learning of their sexual orientation, according to research published in the journal Psychological Science.The study indicates that women are less comfortable interacting with straight men because they worry that their friendliness could be misinterpreted as a sign of sexual interest.“This topic has been a long-standing interest of mine for many years,” said study author Eric M. Russell, a research associate at the University of Texas at Arlington. “I have always been interested in the unique bond that straight women and gay men share, and I have greatly enjoyed conducting research that explores why and when (i.e., in what contexts) these friendships are most likely to form and flourish.” Pinterest LinkedIn Share on Facebook Emailcenter_img Share on Twitter Share “In this study, we hypothesized that women would have more comfortable and intimate initial encounters with gay men once they discover their sexual orientation. Because straight men typically overperceive women’s sexual interest, women often try to keep their ‘friendlier’ interaction behaviors in check when they are meeting men for the first time.”“This is especially true of physically attractive women who are often wary of straight men wanting more than a platonic relationship with them,” Russell explained to PsyPost. “However, when these women discover that they are interacting with gay men, this anxiety is greatly reduced in that the women no longer feel pressured to suppress their more open and involving interaction behaviors. With gay men, women can engage more openly and intimately with them because they do not have to worry about the men having an ulterior sexual motive.”An initials survey of 153 heterosexual female college confirmed that women perceived themselves to be more comfortable interacting with a gay man than a straight man.The researchers then conducted a study in which 66 heterosexual women had face-to-face interactions with homosexual and heterosexual men.During the interactions, which were recorded on video, the participants were prompted to describe their ideal romantic partner. The researchers found that after learning of a gay man’s sexual orientation, the female participants were willing to engage with him on a more intimate level. This openness was also reflected in their body language.“This suggests that straight women approach friendships with gay men in a very open and relaxed fashion, which we do not usually see in interactions between opposite-sex individuals,” Russell explained. “Straight women and gay men likely see their friendships as safe spaces where they can have fun, be themselves, and engage in intimate conversations without fear of judgement, expectations, or one-sided sexual interest.”“This also implies that straight female-gay male friends can spend time together in ways that straight female-straight male friends may find awkward, such as going out to dance or watching a romantic comedy at home together.”The study, like all research, has some limitations.“These findings raise many new and exciting questions in terms of future research,” Russell remarked. “I will touch on three.”“First, although we found that initial interactions between straight women and gay men are more intimate, we did not explore whether they led to subsequent interactions or close friendships outside of our lab. Thus, future research could explore how often (or in what circumstances) these interactions lead to more lasting friendships that also evidence higher levels of intimacy, trust, and mutual respect.”“Second, given that women feel more comfortable with gay men due to their lack of sexual intentions, could increased comfort serve as a prejudice-reduction mechanism for women who have less positive attitudes towards homosexual individuals?” Russell said. “And might physically attractive women be the most likely to exhibit less prejudiced attitudes toward gay men, given that they receive a greater comfort-related benefit in their initial interactions?”“Third, given that we sampled our participants from the U.S., where gay marriage is legalized and homosexual attitudes are relatively more positive, it would be interesting and informative to know whether straight women and gay men in other countries also have comfortable and intimate initial interactions with one another. Answering such a question could yield novel insight into whether similar effects and psychological processes are evident in other cultures.”“The psychology of gay-straight friendships is not only a new and exciting area of exploration for not just researchers but also for pro-LGBT organizations and businesses,” Russell added. “A great example of this is the new and up-and-coming website (FruitLooped.com) that connects gay men and straight women for friendship, meet-ups, advice sharing, and volunteering at LGBT events.”The study, “Women Interact More Comfortably and Intimately With Gay Men—But Not Straight Men—After Learning Their Sexual Orientation“, was co-authored by William Ickes and Vivian P. Ta.last_img read more

Big asking price ‘doesn’t upset the mood’ of West Ham, no…

first_imgThe English media dragging the Moussa Marega to West ham rumour back to life means there’s going to be repeat Portuguese claims on the topic between now and the end of the summer window. Portugal’s sport newspapers have linked around half the Premier League with moves for Marega, with West Ham the club probably enjoying the most stories.Even they got bored of it last month and things went quiet, but now the story has escaped from the bottle again.A Bola take the claims from England and add that Porto would demand €40m from any club interested. That’s the player’s buyout clause, and Porto aren’t interested in any other deal, whether it would include West Ham fringe players or not.The Portuguese newspaper states such an asking price ‘doesn’t upset the mood’ of West Ham, and they’d have no issue matching it this summer.We’re not so sure about that, it’s a big fee and this link just feels so forced.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameChallenge Your Brain With This Must-Play Strategy Game. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndolast_img read more

Kliff Kingsbury fired from Texas Tech after Baylor loss, report says

first_imgTexas Tech has fired coach Kliff Kingsbury after the team’s loss to Baylor, according to multiple reports Sunday. Now that the team is 5-7, the Red Raiders are ineligible for a bowl for the third time under Kingsbury’s tenure.Kingsbury was hired by his alma mater six years ago. In that time, he’s posted a 35-40 record, with his best season coming in 2013, when the team went 8-5. Since then, Texas Tech has been unable to get more than seven wins in a season. Related News The 35-24 loss to Baylor Saturday marked the Red Raiders’ fifth loss in a row. It’s a far cry from how Texas Tech’s season started, when they posted a 5-2 record.center_img UNC fires coach Larry Fedora after 2-9 season, reports saylast_img

Luinenburg rules at Arlington

first_imgARLINGTON, Minn. (July 30) – Defending national champion Justin Luinenburg showed the way to the finish line in Saturday’s Premier Logistics IMCA Hobby Stock feature at Arlington Raceway.Twenty-two cars comprised the starting field. At the drop of the green flag unlucky 13th starting Ben Peterson got sideways and hit the front wall, then got air and rode the wall until it ended and landed sideways. His car was in tough shape as he departed on the hook.When the race was restarted, Corey Schultz took the lead ahead of Shawn Harms. Luinenburg, who started 10th, used a restart to his advantage and dove in front of Schultz to take the lead and remain in front the next five laps to win the race.Schultz held onto second as Corey Probst took third ahead of Shawn Harms.Tyler Limoges topped the MN93 IMCA Modifieds and Trevor Serbus scored the 95.7 The Rock IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car checkers.Another defending national champ, Nate Coopman, was the Coors Light IMCA Sport Compact winner.Brent Uecker was the B & B Racing Chassis IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner. Jeff Lloyd won his second consecutive feature in the Unhinged Pizza IMCA Northern SportMod division.There were 125 cars signed in for Vetter Sales & Service Night.last_img read more

Approval ratings for Govt plummet

first_imgDear Editor,Midway through its term in office, the coalition APNU/AFC Government’s approval rating has plummeted to a dismal 27%, according to the findings of the latest opinion poll conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA).Sixty-four per cent of those polled disapprove of the Government’s performance, with 9% not giving an opinion. The approval ratings of the President and Prime Minister (PM) and of the Alliance For Change (AFC) party have also seen their numbers plunging.This is a sharp reversal in fortunes for the President, PM, AFC and Government, which had high rating of around 60% right after coming into office in May 2015. But, as obtained from views of the public, it has been downhill in popularity ever since they awarded themselves a more than 50 per cent increase in salaries right after installation in office.The Government, AFC, President, and PM have drawn poor marks for handling of the economy, corruption among their own, governance, race relations, and other matters.Only 39% of respondents said they approve of the way David Granger has handled his job as president; 56% disapprove, and 5% did not give a rating.For Moses Nagamootoo, 35% approve of his performance as Prime Minister, with 59% disapproving.Supporters of the AFC and PPP are most disappointed with Nagamootoo. Voters said they had expected the PM would have spoken out against the many corruption scandals, blunders, and racist policies of the Government. But he has been silent; and worse, defending the indefensible.The AFC has seen its support collapsing, with its approval rating now a mere 21% from a high of 80% in 2011.Asked if the AFC has betrayed its principles, 71% answered in the affirmative, with 22% saying no. Asked if the AFC should leave the Government coalition, 59% answered said yes, with 32% saying no. Many said the AFC should seek to enforce the March 2015 Cummingsburg Accord.Asked if people would trust (future) third parties, 62% said no, with only 27% saying yes, and 11% not giving an opinion.The Government, AFC, President and PM have registered discontent even in their own base, because of broken promises. However, supporters of AFC and PPP still hold out hope that the PM and the AFC will reverse course in their behaviour and win back their approval.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more