View the full list For years, friendships between straight women and gay men have been a subject of pop culture fascination.Books, television shows and feature length films have all highlighted this unique relationship, noted for its closeness and depth.With heterosexual men (who, by definition, are sexually attracted to women), the process is longer – and potentially more fraught – because men may be grappling with their own sexual impulses.In other words, because gay men are attracted to their own gender, they’re a “safe bet” for women – at least, from a sociobiological standpoint.
Because gay men don’t mate with women – or compete with them for mates – women feel a certain level of comfort with gay men, and the process of forming a close friendship can occur relatively quickly.
About three years ago, I initially tested this theory in a series of experiments that have served as the foundation of my research program on gay-straight relationships.
In these experiments, straight female participants were shown fictitious Facebook profiles depicting either a straight woman, straight man or gay man.
In other words, it’s not like straight women totally trusted gay men on all matters.
It really only had to do with one thing: dating and relationships.