Los discos más gay, muy heterosexuales

Es una fascinación cuasi secreta y culpable, pero todos adoran las listas de los “discos más…” y esta vez la revista norteamericana Out no se quiso quedar afuera y salió con una propia para enumerar los 100 discos más gay de la historia.

El título es de por sí pretencioso y tramposo ¿Qué hace que un disco sea gay? Según actores, músicos, críticos, periodistas o pintores homosexuales que respondieron la encuesta basta con el que el álbum sea del gusto de la comunidad gay-lésbica.

Con esa premisa no sorprende que haya “clásicos gay” como Queen, Madonna, Cher o Pet Shop Boys, pero sí es un hallazgo encontrar que dentro del gusto homosexual aparezcan discos de Nick Drake, Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, Tori Amos o The Beatles. 

En la lista, los cantantes o bandas heterosexuales son mayoría, pero en honor a la verdad los íconos gay también siempre lo fueron: Kilye Minogue, Judy Garland o Abba -además de las ya citadas Madonna o Cher- lo único gay que tienen es su club de fans. 

Obviamente en la lista no faltan artistas gay como Elton John, George Michael o KD Lang y bandas de sonido de películas u obras de teatro que tocan de alguna forma la temática gay. La lista la encabeza David Bowie, que repite su nombre varias veces en el conteo al igual que The Smiths. 

De los artistas latinos no hay rastros. Ni siquiera se anota un poroto Shakira o Ricky Martin que son los más internaciones, así que mucho menos asoma Sandra y Celeste, Valeria Lynch, Chavela Vargas, Alaska o Raphael.

Vale la pena repasar la lista pero ¡atentos! no hay que caer en la tentación -o la paranoia- de usarla como tester de homosexualidad porque si se toma de parámetro más de uno acabrá pensando que parte de sus gustos viven dentro del clóset.

1 Response to “Los discos más gay, muy heterosexuales”

  1. 11 marzo 2014 de 15:15

    It’s no longer a moral issue. Excessive porn viewing is
    threatening real-life relationships

    Last week, TOI sexpert Dr Mahinder Watsa received a query from
    a 30-year-old woman who had been married for two years.
    The couple enjoyed sex twice a week on an average, she wrote in her e-letter, but
    had noticed that her husband was secretly watching pornography on the Internet, and masturbating after.
    The timing of physical intimacy between the couple
    was linked to his new viewing habit. “We usually end up having sex after he watches porn,” she said.
    Over time, he began to avoid sex with her altogether, relying on porn entirely.

    This reader isn’t alone.

    Mumbai’s andrologists and relationship counsellors say the popularity of porn among men is beginning to change relationship dynamics in the real
    world, often leaving partners distressed. With this, Indian men join their global counterparts.
    An investigation by technology magazine Extreme Tech in 2012 revealed that almost 30 per cent
    of Internet traffic in the world is linked to porn.
    The search volume index for ‘porn’ doubled between 2010 and
    2012, is Google Trends’ estimate.
    The man-woman divide
    Sex is a primal human need, and has little to do with gender.
    Visual sexual stimuli, also finds takers in both, men and women.
    But researchers, like Heather Rupp, Ph.D, say the presumption is that men
    respond more strongly to it. Pornographic magazines and videos
    directed at men are a multi-billion dollar
    industry while similar products directed towards
    women are difficult to find. It is estimated that of
    the 40 million adults who visit pornography websites annually, 72% are male while only
    28% are female. “Men prefer novelty, while women are more interested in stable dynamics,”
    suggests Rupp.

    A recent University of Arkansas study showed that a third of men use porn to
    ease boredom or stress; a fifth reach out to it when they are
    The male neurological response to porn – faster heart rate,
    rising blood pressure, increased blood flow and an erection – is said to be stronger
    than the female’s. Some argue, it’s because the content ‘suits’ male sexual interests.
    Erotic clippings let them (visually) enjoy the casual sex several
    of them crave, without danger of infection or unwanted pregnancy.
    Clearly, porn solves a primal problem for men – it lets them enjoy commitment-free
    sex with multiple partners.

    Matter of the mind, too
    The trouble is, visual sexual stimuli is not associated with sexual health alone.
    It also has a bearing on mental well-being. Compulsive porn viewing can distort the
    viewer’s expectations of sex with real people,
    not to mention, control his life.
    A Cambridge University study revealed that compulsive porn watchers show brain activity similar to that of alcoholics or drug addicts.

    Researchers found greater activity in an area of the brain called the ventral striatum, a reward centre involved in processing
    motivation and pleasure. So, just like an
    alcoholic’s brain lights up when he spots an ad for liquor,
    porn addicts are stimulated when they get their hands on yet
    another clip.

    Interestingly, the activity, usually conducted in secrecy
    and all alone, can push a viewer towards loneliness.

    Excessive exposure heightens feelings of aloneness. Kevin B Skinner,
    author of Treating Pornography Addiction: The Essential Tools for Recovery,
    has, over 15 years, worked with hundreds of couples and
    individuals whose lives have been changed by pornography.
    His research links higher consumption with higher levels
    of depression. In Inside Porn Addiction,
    his blog, he says, “Regardless of relationship status, individuals who viewed porn daily were on the border of severe depression”.

    Dr Samir Parikh, Director of Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences at
    Fortis Healthcare, agrees. “Sometimes, porn is used as a crutch by those with inadequate social lives. And it’s a cycle. The more they view it, the more they are pushed towards social isolation. And, the interactive nature of modern-day porn makes it worse.”

    Relationship risk
    Dr Hansal Bhachech’s experience as consultant psychiatrist has
    proven that porn addicts tend to display difficulty
    with concentrating, boredom, shame and guilt, and may grow aggressive towards women.
    “Over time, it could reduce his interest in the actual act. He may grow more interested in virtual intimacy between porn stars and himself, putting his real-life relationship under strain,” he says.

    The problem with porn, according to Bhachech, is simple: pornography
    is a lie. “It promotes falsehoods about men, women and human relationships. Camera techniques and digital manipulation create myths about our bodies, timing and vigour of the sexual act, and willingness to engage in sexual activity,”
    he says. Parikh is especially concerned about its effects
    on young minds. “Because the distinction between normal and perversion is blurred, it can influence belief systems,”
    he stresses.
    The good side
    What’s important, argue sex therapists, is to realize
    that like with any indulgence, porn adopts a dangerous avatar
    when it turns into an obsession. Not every man who views it is addicted, or
    hostile to his partner.

    In fact, there have been cases of couples having benefitted from it.
    Sex researcher Helen Fisher advises couples to treat it like a “hormone-booster”
    because it drives up dopamine levels, which drives up your testosterone.

    A Norwegian study that involved 400 couples backs Fisher’s claim.
    When both partners used porn, they were happiest in the
    bedroom, it revealed. They were open about their fantasies, and
    reported least sexual dysfunction.
    “It’s not always destructive,” says consultant psychiatrist Dr Deval Desai.
    “It can be a source of excitement and satisfaction, people wouldn’t otherwise experience.”

    Dr Rajan Bhonsle, Honorary Professor and HOD, Department of
    Sexual Medicine at KEM Hospital and GS Medical College,
    has been counselling couples for 30 years, and decries claims
    that pornography is “harmless”.

    “Pornography is often viewed in secret, which creates deception within marriage. I often hear experts suggest that to fire up libido in a dull marriage, turn to fantasy. This might be a temporary solution, but as you become dependent on outside stimulation, your natural ability to get turned on by your partner fades. It’s not uncommon for partners to opt for legal separation in some cases,” he says.

    Divorce lawyer Mrunalini Deshmukh says she has received cases where porn has led to the breakdown of marriages.
    Watching porn in the privacy of your home, isn’t illegal, she clarifies; production and distribution of pornographic material is.
    “In most cases, addiction to porn has only one result – a relationship that’s fractured.”
    The making of a porn addict
    Exposure: Introduction to porn
    Escalation: Sharp increase in viewing, more explicit and
    deviant exposure
    Desensitisation: Diminished emotional responsiveness
    Acting out: Desire to act out, either with partner or often elsewhere


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