Friday, August 25, 2006

The Nature Of Homosexuality by Erik Holland - Male Homosexuals And Anal Sex

While executing a Google search on homosexuality, I found an excellent website operated by Erik Holland entitled "Information on Homosexuality". On the main page, Holland discusses his book entitled "The Nature of Homosexuality" (pictured at left), published in November 2004. Click here for ordering information from Barnes & Noble and Amazon. If the excerpts on the website are any indication, it should be a part of a comprehensive sex education curriculum in every public high school to ensure teenagers get the whole story on homosexuality.

Both the book and his website are designed to fulfill a purpose inadequately served; namely, documenting information on homosexuality from multiple sources and synthesizing the literature. While there is no lack of sources offering information on homosexuality, many are biased. Religious activists, gay activists, social constructionists, mental health professionals and biologists offer their own respective ideas on homosexuality and selectively cite sources most supportive of their claims, but these groups can disagree vociferously and will scorn evidence not supporting their perspectives.

A related issue is the ongoing public debate over the merits of the demands of homosexual activists, but this debate is too often long on ideology and short on empirical evidence. This website presents information on some core issues of interest to anyone interested in homosexuality, and may surprise many who consider themselves well-informed about the subject.

The description of gay sexuality within this site is sometimes graphic and reader discretion is advised. The contents of this site, focusing on chaper two of the book, constitute the tip of the iceberg. Those who want to thoroughly examine the nature of homosexuality and understand the causative factors will be interested in reading the book that complements this site. Part of this site also offers supporting materials for the book and there is an updates section that will continue to add additional information on the topics discussed in the book. Most citations within this site and within the book are taken from peer-reviewed science and medical journals listed in the National Library of Medicine Database.

Some of the information on homosexuality documented here is unflattering to homosexuals and bisexuals, and politically incorrect, but the data have no implications for human rights abuse. More specifically, the nature of homosexuality that is documented by the author of this site cannot be used to justify denying individuals engaging in homosexual behavior the right to life, liberty, bodily integrity, fair employment, and fair housing. In short, this is intended to be a scholarly site promoting education rather than a partisan site promoting activism. Below is an excerpt on male homosexuals and anal sex directly from Holland's website.

Male Homosexuals and Anal Sex

Anal sex is a highly cherished activity of homosexual men. Before engaging in anal sex, homosexuals often like to prepare the anus for penile penetration, usually by lubing it with saliva. The act of stimulating the perianal region with one’s tongue is referred to as rimming by homosexuals. Some homosexuals don’t mind coming in contact with feces; others do. For the latter, anal cleanliness and smell is important. Some homosexuals put perfume on their anus to make it smell better, but the alcohol may sting. Others try massage-oils, but such oils can taste bad, weaken condoms, or even irritate the anus. Goldstone suggests honey or jam on the anus for an agreeable taste. (1)

Sometimes, attempts to maintain anal cleanliness may be deleterious for homosexuals. Goldstone described a homosexual patient who complained of pain and bleeding with his bowel movements. The patient had deep cuts in the skin surrounding his anus. The patient wiped so hard with toilet paper before anal sex that he was literally wiping away his skin. (1) On the other hand, anal sex itself may lead to bleeding. Coplan et al. reported that among 2,758 men who were tested between June 1991 and December 1992 in Mexico City, bleeding during anal intercourse was a common occurrence. (2) More than one-third of the men in the study reported some bleeding, and 8% reported bleeding in half or more of their intercourse episodes. The prevalence of HIV infection was 42% in bleeders and 28% in non-bleeders. (2)

Homosexuals that don’t mind feces do not have to deal with anal cleanliness. After rimming, a homosexual may insert one or two fingers up the anus of his partner, prior to penile penetration. After ejaculating in the rectum, the penetrator or another partner may rim the recipient again to suck back the ejaculate. Alternatively, the penetrator or another partner may insert a straw in the recipient’s rectum and “slurp” back the ejaculate.

Even among individuals with heterosexual interests, anal sex is associated with anomalies. In a sample of 30 sexually sadistic serial killers from the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC, U.S.A.) database (1984-1989), although only 13 (43%) were homosexual, 22 (73.3%) anally raped their victims, while only 17 (56.7%) vaginally raped their victims. (3)

25% of actual forcible female rape complaints report forced oral or anal sex. (4)

In a sample of sexually abused Swedish girls, 14/77 (19%) reported anal penetration. (5) Herein, the anal rapists with heterosexual interests undoubtedly were strongly interested in anal sex. A comparable proportion of heterosexuals may have tried anal sex, but significantly fewer heterosexuals would be strongly interested in anal sex.

In a random sample of 356 whites and 140 African-Americans ages 18-39 years, from Seattle, who had ever engaged in vaginal intercourse, the 5% of whites engaging in vaginal, oral, and anal intercourse with their most recent opposite-sex partner were 2.7 times [1] as likely to report non-monogamy and 8.4 times [2] as likely to report a history of same-sex partners than those not reporting one or more of the above. (6)

Persons reporting a history of both same- and opposite-sex partners were more likely than those with only opposite-sex partners to report engaging in anal [3] and oral sex [4] with their most recent opposite-sex partner. (6)

Persons with a history of a same-sex partner were also more likely than those with only opposite-sex partners to have a non-monogamous current relationship [5] or to engage in sex during menses [6] and to have more [7] sex partners in their lifetime. (6), [8]

Homosexuals desirous of receptive anal intercourse prefer to be penetrated by a big penis, but most penises fall short of their liking. However, one should not underestimate the ingenuity that allows them to overcome the shortcomings of the human penis (see here).


[1] 95% CI = 0.9-7.9; this find would likely have been significant if the sample size were larger.
[2] 95% CI = 2.6-27.2.
[3] Women: 24% vs. 4%,
[4] Women: 95% vs. 74%, p = 0.03; men 89% vs. 78%, p = 0.4.
[5] Whites: OR = 2.3, 95% CI = 0.9-5.7; African-Americans: OR = 6.8, 95% CI = 0.6-338.
[6] Whites: OR = 1.9, 95% CI = 0.7-5.4; African-Americans: OR = 9.6, 95% CI = 1.0-458.
[7] Whites: p = 0.002; African-Americans: p = 0.07.
[8] The non-significant finds above would most likely have been significant had the sample size been larger.


(1) S. E. Goldstone, The Ins and Outs of Gay Sex: a medical handbook for men (Dell Publishing, New York, NY, 1999 [The author is an out-of-the-closet homosexual physician]).
(2) P. M. Coplan et al., Am J Epidemiol 144, 817 (Nov 1, 1996).
(3) P. E. Dietz, R. R. Hazelwood, J. Warren, Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law 18, 163 (1990).
(4) E. J. Kanin, Arch Sex Behav 23, 81 (Feb, 1994).
(5) K. Edgardh, G. von Krogh, K. Ormstad, Forensic Sci Int 104, 1 (Sep 30, 1999).
(6) B. Foxman, S. O. Aral, K. K. Holmes, Sex Transm Dis 25, 232 (May, 1998).

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  2. The work you cite is the rantings of a right wing anti-gay activist who has a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering. How this qualifies him as an expert on sexuality is beyond me. He is a well known anti-gay activist who claims to be heteosexual but is obviously obsessed with gay sex. I'll let you draw your own conclusions for those facts. The "book" he wrote was self-published on the internet - it is not a scientific, academic or scholarly work but a political and religious polemic.