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Attention Cut Guys: Foreskin Regeneration Therapy Might Be On Its Way - VIDEO

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Though the vast majority of guys born in the U.S. are circumcised, there is a vocal contingent of men who strongly believe that those living without foreskins are missing out. More than mere fetishists who find uncut men more sexually appealing, many foreskin enthusiasts assert that circumcision can have detrimental impacts on the physical and psychological health.

Foregen, a non-profit organization operating out of Rome, Italy, is becoming one of the largest advocates for the future of restorative treatments designed to help men recover some of their lost sexual tissue. To be clear Foregen is not offering any particular procedures, therapies, or drugs that can instantaneously regenerate a man’s foreskin.

Rather, the company is working to shed light on the broader field of regenerative therapies, albeit with a specific focus on foreskin. At present Foregen, which also operates here in the U.S. has raised about $100,00 from private investors and has plans to crowdsource additional funding.

According to Foregen’s website “the demand for a cure for circumcision is overwhelming.”

“The body part that is in highest demand for regenerative purposes in the US is the kidney. About 100,000 people are on the waiting list for one. There are approximately 1,000 times as many men (100 million) who are in need of an intact penis in the US alone!”

Foregen also claims that by spearheading the menace of circumcision, development into the broader field of human regeneration with be spurred.

“The premise behind Foregen is that if we are regenerating entire body parts from more complex body parts, why not apply this to the only body part that hundreds of millions of boys are missing,” Eric Clopper, a Foregen rep explained to Motherboard.

Those in favor of foreskins agitating for circumcision solutions often point out valid point that the natural flesh fundamentally changes a penis’s structure just by virtue of covering the glans and being packed with thousands of nerve endings. But, as Arikia Millikan explains for Motherboard, quantitative studies into the actual experience of having a foreskin vs. not and have been dubious in the past:

“A 2015 paper by Jacobs and Arora claims that foreskin has basically no effec​t on sexuality, but it cites likely biased sources connected with Brian Morris, and, as Earp points out in a critique​ published in the American Journal of Bioethics, the research they cite relies mainly on a pair of clinical trials that were carried out—not on infants—but on adult men who were voluntarily circumcised.”

For a fun refresher on why Americans choose circumcision in the first place, check out College Humor's "The Real Reason You're Circumcised" AFTER THE JUMP...

What do you think? Is Foregen’s cause worthwhile one? Sound-off in the comments.

 

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'Hotness,' It Turns Out, Is A Contagious Idea Rather Than A Subjective Assessment

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Here at Towleroad we’re no strangers to ogling the occasional attractive man reading a book, rapping, or just sort of pretending to be gay. We’ve got an entire tag dedicated to “HOT MEN” because hotness as a concept is both as newsworthy as it is purely objective. Right? According to new research published in Advances and Consumer Research, that logic is somewhat flawed.

Our general perceptions of what’s hot and what’s not, it turns out, have less to do with our own inherent aesthetic preferences and are heavily influenced by what we perceive to be socially acceptable. The study, entitled "Instantaneously Hotter: the Dynamic Revision of Beauty Assessment Standards,” drew upon photos and “hotness ratings” from HotOrNot.com.

Participants in the study were instructed to rank other people’s photographs. Occasionally after giving a numerical score, participants would be allowed to see how other people ranked them, though not every time. As Jesse Singal writes for NY Mag’s Science of Us blog, the study focused on the ways in which people ranked others’ hotness after they were allowed to see the decisions that other people had made:

"The researchers found that when people saw ratings after making their own judgement, in subsequent judgments they got closer and closer to other people's overall average rating of that photo. In other words — and I'm making up the specific numbers — if on the first photo they ranked they were off by 2 points on a 10-point scale as compared to the average, by the 20th photo they were off by, on average, 1.25 points."

Beauty, it turns out, isn’t as in the eye of the beholder as we might think to believe. The study’s findings can be interpreted in a number of different ways, but it’s important to keep in mind the specific circumstance under which the results were found. It’s not often that you’ll have a numerical representation of the public’s hotness score of another person. Thinking that the whole of your sexual attraction to another person is entirely skewed by societal expectations is a rather depressing thought, to be sure, but this isn’t exactly the first time that this idea has been substantiated with numbers.

Sound off in the comments with your opinions.


Some Helpful Tips For Being A Good Top on Valentine's Day: VIDEO

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Gay couples the world over are celebrating Valentine’s Day today with gifts, cards, dinners, and perhaps a little something extra. It almost goes without saying that for many people sex is an integral part of the full V-Day experience.

It stands to reason that like all other things one does with their significant other on Valentine’s Day, one would want the sex to be good if not better comparison to a regular old Saturday roll in the hay. Sex is a collaborative effort, but in his latest episode of Just The Tips R.J. Aguiar and guest Ricky Roman explore the ins and outs of what it means to be a good top.

Some key takeaways: communicate, be present, and maybe (just maybe) have a bit of experience sleeping on your bottom bunk yourself. What do you think?

Check out R.J. Aguiar and Ricky Roman’s tips on being a good top AFTER THE JUMP...

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Brush Up On Your Hanky Code History With Funny Or Die: VIDEO

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Way back when in the halcyon days of yester-queer, some gay men sought out sexual partners using a clever system known as the hanky code. Rather than listening to me explain the finer points of differentiating between brown lace and brown satin, we recommend College Humor’s highly instructive explainer. It covers pretty much all of the basics:

“Purple means you’re looking to settle into a sham marriage with a woman based on mutual benefit.”

It also means piercing.

Check out College Humor’s guide to hanky codes AFTER THE JUMP...(warning: NSFW language)

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Scientists Say Homosexuality Is 'An Essential Part Of Human Evolution'

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A group of researchers from the University of Portsmouth conceived a new theory that homosexuality helped humans form beneficial relationships with each other in the earliest hunter-gatherer communities to ensure survival reports City A.M. Charles Darwin's laws of natural selection state that unless a trait is passed on reproductively from generation to generation, it eventually disappears – yet the percentage of the population that is gay, whether female or male, has remained roughly the same. Diana Fleischman, head author of the report, said sexual behavior and relationships encompass much more than just the act of it.

Said Fleischman:

"From an evolutionary perspective we tend to think of sexual behaviour as a means to an end for reproduction.
 
"However, because sexual behaviour is intimate and pleasurable, it is also used in many species, including non-human primates, to help form and maintain social bonds. We can all see this in romantic couples who bond by engaging in sexual behaviour even when reproduction is not possible."
 
Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 2.46.35 PMTo test this theory, researchers examined the "Social" hormone progesterone, produced in the ovaries of women and adrenal glands in men, that encourages people to engage with others in positive, constructive ways. They asked participants in the study questions such as "The idea of kissing a person of the same sex is sexually arousing to me," and, "If someone of the same sex made a pass at me I would be disgusted." Researches compared the answers to the level of progesterone in the blood. 
 
Final results published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour, show that the people with higher levels of the hormone are more inclined to have homoerotic thoughts. Heterosexual men and women, for example, were more open to the idea of engaging in homosexual behaviour when progesterone levels were high. Also, men who produced more of the hormone felt more homosexual if they were reminded of a societal need to be friendly with other males. 
 
However, researchers found that in order for this advantageous trait to pass on to next generations, the individual must be bisexual. Essentially, an individual passes on their genes through heterosexual sex and reinforces group connections with fellow hunter-gatherers through homosexual sex to ensure both reproductive and social survival. Other studies of fellow members of the great ape family already show a link between a need to form intimate relationships and homosexuality, but this was the first time the trait was revealed in humans. However, expect the angry Christian woman to tackle and debunk this theory after she finishes her "thesis" on her trip to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Actor Finn Jones: More Hot Gay Action in 'Game of Thrones', Please

GameofthronesAfter the trailer dropped for season four of HBO's Game of Thrones last week, fans of the critically-acclaimed fantasy saga were chomping at the bit to see what's in store. Those who were hoping for some hot man-on-man action, however, may need to cool off and quell their expectations slightly. According to actor Finn Jones (right), who plays Ser Loras Tyrell, there's just too little gay sex in the works.

Access Hollywood reports (caution: spoilers from past seasons ahead):

“It’s been a fantastic season. Everyone’s worked really hard and the show is just going from strength to strength to strength to strength,” Finn told Access Hollywood at HBO’s post-Golden Globes soiree at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday.

“It feels like it’s really finding it’s ground now and it’s about to explode so I’m really excited,” he added.

But, don’t expect Finn’s character, Ser Loras Tyrell, to have much in the way of romance this season. After he lost his big love – Renly Baratheon – in Season 2, and had a little dalliance last season with squire Olyvar – his bedroom romps have been cooled off somewhat in Season 4.

“There’s not enough hot gay sex for Loras this season. I’m afraid there’s just not enough,” Finn said.

Finn’s comments don’t mean, however, that Loras is loveless in Season 4.

“I have like a slight flirtation with one of the new characters, but I can’t say anything else,” he said.

Will you be watching the season four premiere of Game of Thrones in April?


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