What happens when men who identify as straight are given the opportunity to touch another man's penis for the first time? The Huffington Post: Where did the idea for the video come from? The reactions have varied from video to video, and many of the comments show the extremely varying ways we look at men and women as it relates to sexuality. How hard was it to find straight-identified men who would agree to be in the video? Where did you find them? It was very difficult to find straight guys who were comfortable participating.
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A controversial new study says yes — if they really want to. Critics, though, say the study's subjects may be deluding themselves and that the subject group was scientifically invalid because many of them were referred by anti-gay religious groups. Robert Spitzer, a psychiatry professor at Columbia University, said he began his study as a skeptic — believing, as major mental health organizations do, that sexual orientation cannot be changed, and attempts to do so can even cause harm. But Spitzer's study, which has not yet been published or reviewed, seems to indicate otherwise. Spitzer says he spoke to men and 57 women who say they changed their orientation from gay to straight, and concluded that 66 percent of the men and 44 percent of women reached what he called good heterosexual functioning — a sustained, loving heterosexual relationship within the past year and getting enough emotional satisfaction to rate at least a seven on a point scale. He said those who changed their orientation had satisfying heterosexual sex at least monthly and never or rarely thought of someone of the same sex during intercourse.
We often hear uneducated and ill-informed religious people sprouting the theory straight can be turned gay. The Rev Fred Nile called these programs brain-washing. Whist some might have one or several same-sex experiences, it never actually flicks the switch. God knows, for four decades, Christian gay conversion therapy organisations have told endless stories of the opposite; people who say they were once gay but are now straight. The problem with those stories is that the people have not really changed their sexual orientation; they have basically suppressed it and in a heterosexual marriage become nothing more than situational heterosexuals.
Or maybe he just likes to pretend that he does. Most guys in the world are straight. If you like men, it's only a matter of time until you're going to find a straight one attractive; they're all over the place. Under most circumstances, this doesn't have to be a big deal. You see a guy you like, you realize quickly enough that he's straight, and you move on.