Queerty is better as a member

Log in | Register
TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET

Pakistan May Hate Gay Men But It Leads The World In Google Searches For Gay Porn

Considering that gay sex is illegal in Pakistan, it’s not hugely surprising that the country recently polled as one of the least tolerant nations in the world when it comes to homosexuality.

A Pew Research Center public survey found that only two percent of Pakistanis surveyed believe society should accept homosexuality.

So why is Pakistan the leading country for Google searches of the terms “shemale sex,” “teen anal sex,” and “man fucking man”?

Mother Jones recently investigated this issue, and the details they found are both sad and alarming.

Reporter Alex Park learned that the highest number of hits are coming from Peshawar, a city known for being extremely conservative, and where only a few days ago the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on NATO supply trucks that killed four people.

As part of his investigation, Park interviewed Farahnaz Ispahani, an expert in Pakistani minorities at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a former member of Pakistan’s parliament. She told him that many Muslim men engage in physical relationships with one another; however, religious extremism is making it more difficult for them. It’s gotten to a point where merely speaking about homosexuality in public is practically forbidden.

“Religious extremism is at a height today,” Ispahani told Park. “Hindus are being forced to convert, Christians are being burned alive — there’s very little personal safety for those seen as ‘the other.’ So what do [gay Pakistanis] do? They turn to pornography because they can’t live their lives openly.”

Makes a certain weird sense, although open gays seem to like their porn, too!

Photo Credit: Charles Roffey

By:           Graham Gremore
On:           Jun 13, 2013
Tagged: , , ,
  • 9 Comments
    • Gigi Gee
      Gigi Gee

      It’s the Red States in the U.S. that have the highest rate of online porn consumption so this story seems about right.

      Jun 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LadyL
      LadyL

      @Gigi Gee: LOL, you beat me to the punch Gigi!

      Jun 13, 2013 at 7:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • avesraggiana
      avesraggiana

      The article is lovely, but the picture is misleading. There are plenty of countries in the world, even the most homo-phobic, where men holding each other is not only acceptable, but perfectly normal. Platonic, heterosexual guy-friends in India and Africa and Oceania, to name just a few general places, walk down the street holding hands all the time. The only ones who take notice are the foreign Anglo-European or American visitors, for whom this kind of behaviour is totally off limits.

      Jun 13, 2013 at 9:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dionte
      Dionte

      @avesraggiana: then how do they know who to arrest for being gay?

      Jun 14, 2013 at 9:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Milk
      Milk

      @Dionte:
      I presume with their clothes off.

      Jun 14, 2013 at 10:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • avesraggiana
      avesraggiana

      @Dionte:

      I don’t know but I could guess – being caught in the act of anal or oral sex, to someone searching through your copmuter, to merely being accused of being gay are possible ways of getting arrested. My point was that in those parts of the world, men holding hands or keeping their arms around each other’s shoulders do not register as behaviour that would be considered “gay”.

      Jun 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Korben
      Korben

      The biggest kept secret among men in the Islamic world are their berdaches.

      Jun 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1
      Stache1

      Reminds me of when i lived with a very devout Christian roommate. He would make his regular adult bookstore stop and buy these nice glossy porn magazines. Get home jack off to them and immediately throw them away out of guilt. I got in the habit of checking the garbage for the weekly throw away. I took advantage of his Christian guilt i guess.

      Jun 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • avesraggiana
      avesraggiana

      @Stache1:

      Good for you. All his wasted money, all your fun. I know it’s deeply internalized in our society, but it’s more pronounced amongst deeply religious Christians – where on earth did we/they get the idea that God and Jesus disapproved of something as enjoyable as sex?

      Jun 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

    Add your Comment

    Please log in to add your comment

    Need an account? Register It's free and easy.



  • QUEERTY DAILY

     




    FROM AROUND THE WEB

    Copyright 2014 Queerty, Inc.
    Follow Queerty at Queerty.com, twitter.com/queerty and facebook.com/queerty.