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View the full list For years, friendships between straight women and gay men have been a subject of pop culture fascination.Books, television shows and feature length films have all highlighted this unique relationship, noted for its closeness and depth.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.For the first study, I wanted to replicate the finding that women trust gay men more than straight men or straight women.
Other findings – combined with our own – show that there seems to be an extremely strong psychological underpinning for why women are so drawn to gay men.
We had women read this news article and then indicate how much they would trust a straight woman or a gay man in various dating-related scenarios.
When women read the news article about the increased competition, their trust in gay men was amplified.
Still, more needed to be done to support the hypothesis.
Recently, my colleagues and I at the University of Texas at Arlington developed a series of four related studies.
With heterosexual men (who, by definition, are sexually attracted to women), the process is longer – and potentially more fraught – because men may be grappling with their own sexual impulses.