If those numbers kind of make you tilt your head in wonder, you aren't alone. Downing, who led the research, points out that sexual attraction and behavior are more than simple identity.
Some gay men are attracted to straight men, which makes checking out a straight porn a no-brainer when it comes to looking for the right masturbation fodder. It isn't entirely uncommon for men who identify as straight to hookup with men, or to at least be attracted to them. Most of us fall someone less absolute on that spectrum.
But the point of Silva’s project was less to draw any sweeping conclusions about either this subset of straight MSM, or the population as a whole, than to listen to their stories and compare them to the narratives uncovered by Ward and various other researchers.
In some of the subcultures Ward studied, straight MSM were able to reinterpret homosexual identity as actually their heterosexual identities.
So it was with Silva’s subjects as well — they found ways to cast their homosexual liaisons as reaffirming their rural masculinity.
I mean, they were all erotic, but that is neither here nor there.
55% of gay men reported having watched straight porn in the last six months.
The specific type of sex the participants had with other men—bud-sex—cemented their rural masculinity and heterosexuality, and distinguishes them from other MSM.