It would seem that even the allegedly repressed Brits are putting the U.S. and probably Aussie men to shame with a new study (who the hell does these studies?) claiming that 9 out of 10 straight men have spooned with another man. Along with the findings of the study, this article opened me up to a new term. Homosociality basically translates to straight men being less homophobic and more open to intimacy with their male friends.
I’ve had straight mates that have been quite happy giving me fantastic hugs and even giving me a kiss hello. It’s a great feeling when you realise that someone is so comfortable and has no issue with my sexuality that they can do that. It’s exactly how it should be. It’s not entirely fair to suggest that guys who aren’t comfortable cuddling up to their mates are homophobic and that’s not what this article is about. A lot of people don’t like to be cuddled, men especially. We are brought up to believe that men don’t show that kind of intimacy so I’m glad to read that things are changing, at least in the UK.