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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 feminist model.
This model arose after women began to speak about their incest experiences. 
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 model.

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.


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