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Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day in the Bible Belt

Posted by on Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Lots of good, God-fearing people have the day off down south—nothing to do, time to kill. So gay porn sites should be doing a bang-up business today:

Folks in the Bible Belt watch more gay pornography than anywhere else in the nation according to new numbers released by Pornhub, one of the world’s biggest porn sites. Pornhub reports that the majority of states with a high percentage of gay viewers is in the South. According to the numbers, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia lead the South in gay porn consumption, and the state with the highest percentage of gay porn viewers in the nation is Mississippi at 5.6%.


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Puty 1
But is this because the South is awesomely, secretly super-gay or because the South is a homophobic nightmare and Bible Belt gays and lesbians feel safer hiding inside and watching porn?
Posted by Puty on September 1, 2014 at 11:19 AM · Report this
Fred Casely 2
Suck it, Utah!
Posted by Fred Casely on September 1, 2014 at 11:25 AM · Report this
raindrop 3
Kind of hypocritical for Dan to speak disparagingly of porn consumers, no matter where they reside.
Posted by raindrop on September 1, 2014 at 11:28 AM · Report this
Well, Dan; this is just good Christians doing research on the Devil's nefarious influence.
Posted by sophist2 on September 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM · Report this
rob! 5
While there are certainly some, perhaps many, hypocrites among the overtly homophobic subset of religious Southerners, pornography may also be the main refuge for gay—and bi—people stuck there for whom being actually "in the life" is just too risky or difficult.

In addition, the prospect of a day of "fun" with the same family/community members who make their lives miserable most of the time probably sends many right to their computers and bedrooms.
Posted by rob! on September 1, 2014 at 11:35 AM · Report this
rob! 6
@3, where is the disparagement?
Posted by rob! on September 1, 2014 at 11:38 AM · Report this
@5 right. Also, the forbidden fruit is more attractive. So to speak.

@4 you win the thread!
Posted by delta35 on September 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM · Report this
And if you're an archconservative yourself, living in the region in question, this is just more evidence that the homosexuals are working hardest to recruit in your backyard, so as to undermine the last remaining bastion of righteousness in America.

Not only are survey results like this unsurprising (if we take them at face value, which we really shouldn't be doing) for the reasons other commenters have stated, they also do nothing to change anyone's attitudes or perceptions.

The only effect I can see of linking to this is to contribute to the success of Pornhub's "viral" marketing.

But clickbait gonna bait clicks, I guess.
Posted by robotslave on September 1, 2014 at 11:51 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 9
Mississippi is a cum stain.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on September 1, 2014 at 11:56 AM · Report this
Call me Scott 10
@9 made my mind go wandering on imagery . . . and the fact of Florida's resemblance to a chub schlong. The South's fitting terminus?
Posted by Call me Scott on September 1, 2014 at 12:28 PM · Report this
Posted by Call me Scott on September 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM · Report this
ferret 12
They are following the tradition of former Rep. Jon Hinson, who was in denial for years before he came out...
Posted by ferret http://!/okojo hide on September 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM · Report this
I think the reason for it is that it isn't OK to be out there. In open states people can actually get real connection but in states in the SE gay porn is probably the only way these guys feel safe viewing what they like.
Posted by tigntink on September 1, 2014 at 1:09 PM · Report this
@3 I didn't pick up on Dan speaking disparagingly about porn. You can make any excuses for these stats on gay porn viewings but it always comes back to cowardice or hypocrisy on the viewers' part.
Posted by SASS on September 1, 2014 at 2:21 PM · Report this
come out, come out wherever you are (Bible belt states) and let's get this concept of natural evolution moving.
Posted by SASS on September 1, 2014 at 2:23 PM · Report this
I would be curious to know the breakdown of gay male versus lesbian porn. I'd be likely to rule out the lesbian stuff, frankly...
Posted by Jenkitty on September 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM · Report this
sirkowski 17
Gays goes in; porn goes out. You can't explain that!
Posted by sirkowski on September 1, 2014 at 3:40 PM · Report this
Not to go too nerdy here but:…
Posted by adam.smith on September 1, 2014 at 5:33 PM · Report this
SchmuckyTheCat 19
@16, lesbian porn at Pornhub isn't categorized as gay.
Posted by SchmuckyTheCat on September 1, 2014 at 6:49 PM · Report this
If you are gay and in Mississippi, a state with no gay bars and whete being closeted is necessary for survival, porn is your only outlet.
Posted by jeffy on September 1, 2014 at 10:27 PM · Report this
NotSean 25
Easy to explain: 'Gay porn' consumers, in non-Southern states, get more of their porn from sites other than pornhub.

Which is to say, the non-southerners KNOW of more places to surf than do their southern editions.

Posted by NotSean on September 2, 2014 at 12:51 AM · Report this
Philophile 26
Straight women in the bible belt are more sexually frustrated and need to watch hot guys sexing it up far more to compensate.
Posted by Philophile on September 2, 2014 at 3:55 AM · Report this
To all those saying that it is impossible to be out in the deep south, I say NOT TRUE. Ive lived most of the last 30 years in Louisiana in towns of 20,000 or less. I've been out the whole time. Yes, many (perhaps most) gay men in these towns are closeted, but it isn't because there isn't a choice. It's because they've chosen the closet. They are holding themselves, and everyone else, back.
Posted by Clayton on September 2, 2014 at 5:54 AM · Report this
In another related study that I made up for the purposes of this comment, Southern Baptists are by a wide margin the best at clearing caches, search histories and cookies in any known browser. Godspeed to you folks, and remember, and if you really want your internet porn stored safely, Baby Jesus sucks at UNIX.
Posted by Slamfu on September 3, 2014 at 4:13 PM · Report this

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