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Gay Internet Porn is Huge in Pakistan, Kenya

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Pakistan and Kenya lead the world in searches for gay sex terms on the internet, according to Google Trends. Despite a recent Pew Poll showing that 87 percent of people in Pakistan feel that society should reject homosexuality, Pakistan is "by volume the world leader for Google searches of the terms 'shemale sex,' 'teen anal sex' and 'man f------ man.'"

Pakistan and Kenya lead the world in searches for “man f------ man,” “gay sex pics” and “anal sex pics.” Pakistan, Libya and Ethiopia lead the world in searches for “shemale sex.”

A Pew survey of 39 countries found African nations and Muslim-dominated countries to be the least likely to report gay tolerance.

Nigeria ranked number four in searches for “gay sex pics.” In May, the country passed an anti-gay bill, which bans gay marriage and any groups that support gay rights. It also makes any public show of affection between same-sex couples punishable with 10 years in prison.

In 2008, the International Gay and Lesbian Association estimated that 38 African countries had outlawed homosexuality. Same-sex sexual activity, relationship recognition, marriage and adoption are all illegal in South Africa. However, the country ranked number two, after Kenya, in the number of searches for “gay sex pics.”

Alex Park of Mother Jones asked Farahnas Ispahani, an expert on Pakistani minorities at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a former member of Pakistan's parliament, how gay porn could be so popular in Pakistan when public opinion appears to be staunchly against it. She said persecution of homosexuals and other minorities is at an all-time high in the country.

"Religious extremism is at a height today," she said. "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."

She also said some men have sexual relationships with other males without considering themselves gay.

"The real love they can have that most of us find with a partner, they find with men," Ispahani said. "They mostly see their wives as the mother of their children."  

The author of “Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World,” Sherren El Feki told Mother Jones that before the rise of Islamic conservativism, gay love was celebrated in Middle Eastern and Indian literary traditions.

"So very often, any attempt to open a dialogue in the Arab region is branded as some 'Western conspiracy' to undermine traditional Arab and Muslim values,” Sherren El Feki said. “The reality is that long before the West was talking openly about homosexuality, Arabs in particular were writing about this very frankly. Our history has come to be rewritten by Islamic conservatives.”

Sources: Mother Jones, Huffington Post