How Gay Are Football Players? Unorthodox Sex in the Animal Kingdom , wondering if God ever had any second thoughts about the whole ark thing, when I came across this: In a study published this year in the journal Sex Roles, Anderson found that 40 percent of 49 heterosexual former high school football players attending various U. These ranged from kissing to oral sex to threesomes that included a woman. And since when is homosexuality no big deal on a sports team?
Last I checked it was one of the most homophobic cultures out there. This seemed so crazy that I had to track down the article. I found more here: A study of former high-school American Football players has found that more than a third said they had had sexual relations with other men. In his study of homosexuality among sportsmen in the US, sociologist Dr Eric Anderson found that 19 in a sample of 47 had taken part in acts intended to sexually arouse other men, ranging from kissing to mutual masturbation and oral sex.
The 47 men, aged , were all American Football players who previously played at the high school secondary school level but had failed to be picked for their university's team and were now cheerleaders instead. Um, they are all cheerleaders now? This is supposed to a representative sample of football players? Are you kidding me? And how is 47 individuals enough to draw any sort of conclusions? He said the study was not biased by talking to sportsmen who were now cheerleaders, which is often seen as a feminine activity.
Those he interviewed were selected to represent men that considered themselves traditionally masculine, typical American Football players. Not biased, are you serious? Don't typical American football players, you know, play football? In other words, having gay sex does not automatically make them gay in masculine peer culture.
And second, besides having sex with other men, what else does one have to do to be considered gay? Dr Anderson was the first openly gay male high school sports coach in the US.
He left coaching after one of his students was assaulted because it was assumed that he was gay. Yeah, this guy has no reason at all to distort the research. Come on SciAm, how can you allow this to be referenced in your article without spending 5 minutes to do a Google search to do a smell test on the "research"?