STUDY: You're Looking at the Wrong End to Guess His Sexual Position Preference

By: Brandon Voss
4.9.2013

Are you insertive or receptive? Honey, the answer's all over your face!

Published in the April 2013 Journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, a new study examines the perception of preferred positions in gay male relationships. Newsflash: If it looks like a bottom and walks like a bottom, it's probably a bottom. Here's the study overview:

In intercourse between men, one of the partners typically assumes the role of an insertive partner (top) while the other assumes a receptive role (bottom). Although some research suggests that the perceptions of potential partners' sexual roles in gay men's relationships can affect whether a man will adopt the role of top or bottom during sexual intercourse, it remains unclear whether sexual roles could be perceived accurately by naïve observers.

In Study 1, we found that naïve observers were able to discern men's sexual roles from photos of their faces with accuracy that was significantly greater than chance guessing.

Moreover, in Study 2, we determined that the relationship between men's perceived and actual sexual roles was mediated by perceived masculinity. Together, these results suggest that people rely on perceptions of characteristics relevant to stereotypical male-female gender roles and heterosexual relationships to accurately infer sexual roles in same-sex relationships. Thus, same-sex relationships and sexual behavior may be perceptually framed, understood, and possibly structured in ways similar to stereotypes about opposite-sex relationships, suggesting that people may rely on these inferences to form accurate perceptions.

Or you could just be like Willam, Vicky Vox, and Detox and assume that every boy is a bottom.

Do you agree that masculine-feminine stereotypes influence our perceptions on position? And is this study fair to guys who swear that they're versatile on their dating profiles?

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