Statement # 15
Gay Teenage Boys
They don't fit into a feminist model
Gay teenage boys definitely exist. Sexual orientation awakens quite
early. Boys usually have their first sexual experiences in their young teenage years. How
should we think about this?
Nowadays, people usually think about such experiences using a
This model arose after women began to speak about their incest
They spoke most often about fathers who forcefully raped their daughters.
So, this model constructs a perpetrator and a victim.
This model is nearly always used when referring to the sexual
experiences of youth, including those of gay identified teenage boys who sought
out their first
sexual experiences themselves, in keeping with their sexual orientation.
This model does not mach the facts.
When speaking about the experiences of young gay people, one should use another
Is this statement merely an opinion?
No, research has been done, at least among boys, in the following study:
Rind, Bruce, PhD., Gay and
Bisexual Adolescent Boys' Sexual Experiences With Men:
An Empirical Examination of Psychological Correlates in a Nonclinical Sample,
In: Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 30, No.4, 2001
Over the last quarter century the incest model, with its image of helpless
victims exploited and traumatized by powerful perpetrators, has come to dominate
perceptions of virtually all forms of adult-minor sex. Thus, even willing sexual
relations between gay or bisexual adolescent boys and adult men, which differ
from father-daughter incest in many important ways, are generally seen by the
lay public and professionals as traumatizing and psychologically injurious. This
study assessed this common perception by examining a nonclinical, mostly college
sample of gay and bisexual men.
Alternative models should be sought that incorporate the consistent finding that
adolescent boys generally react neutrally or positively to ADSRs that are
willingly engaged in and involve adults of the gender consistent with the
adolescent's sexual orientation.