The End

 The rise of the ‘bromances’ mean the end of heterosexuality, academics have warned, after discovering that many men find their close male friendships more emotionally satisfying than relationships with women.

Intense male friendships have grown more acceptable in recent decades as attitudes towards homosexuality changed, meaning men no longer fear showing affection towards each other. But researchers at the University of Winchester warned that bromances, coupled with the ease at which men can now engage in casual sex, are threatening long term relationships with women. After surveying 30 undergraduates, they discovered that 28 would rather talk about emotional issues with their male friends rather than girlfriends. The majority also said it was easier to resolve conflicts with men, and admitted they kept secrets from partners which they shared with male friends. Dr Stefan Robinson, of the University of Winchester, said the results were ‘significant and worrying’ for women and warned there is in emerging culture of sexism and disdain in the way Millennial men view the opposite sex.
“These heterosexual millennial men cherish their close male friends, so much so that they may even provide a challenge to the orthodoxy of traditional heterosexual relationships,” said Dr Robinson. “Given that young men are now experiencing a delayed onset of adulthood, and an extended period of adolescence, men may choose to cohabit as a functional relationship in the modern era. “Because heterosexual sex is now achievable without the need for romantic commitment, the bromance could increasingly become recognized as a genuine lifestyle relationship, whereby two heterosexual men can live together and experience all the benefits of a traditional heterosexual relationship.”
The researchers say films such as 21 Jump Street (2012), Due Date (2010) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) have also heralded the era of the ‘Lad flick’ which has made close friendships between men normal and desirable. All the men involved in the study had had ‘bromantic’ friends who they lived with, and had known for at least 18 months. Of the 30 men interviewed, 29 said that they had experienced cuddling with a same sex friend, and many said they often slept in the same bed. One man named ‘Aaron’ told researchers: “We hug when we meet, and we sleep in the same bed when we have sleepovers. Everyone knows it, and nobody is bothered by it because they do it as well.”
Another man surveyed, called ‘Martin’ said: “It’s like having a girlfriend, but then not a girlfriend. When asked to describe the difference between a ‘bromance’ and a romance, one undergraduate called ‘Bob’ answered: “Sex really. That’s all.” Most men surveyed said they also told their male friends secrets which they felt unable to share with their girlfriends. Another participant named ‘Harvey’ said: “Well, for example, Tim knows I love listening to Taylor Swift and Beyonce, but I keep that quiet because she would judge me. I feel like I have to be more manly around her.” Dr Robinson added: “Young heterosexual men are now able to confide in each other and develop and maintain deep emotional friendships based on intimacy and and the expression of once-taboo emotional sentimentality. “There are however significant and worrying results here for women.
These men perceived women to be the primary regulators of their behavior, and this caused disdain for them as a whole in some instances. “Much in the same way that women are portrayed in contemporary cinema as objects for male gratification several of the participants spoke of women they knew in a generally negative way.”

Recommended Further Reading : To read Dr Mike’s Astonishing Response to this research, click here 

The research was published in the journal Men and Masculinities.

6 thoughts on “The End

  1. Most likely this will change the nature of male-female relationships. If I can basically just sit down with the boys and a straight porno whenever I’m aroused. Though she’ll have to get used to it.

    It won’t handle everything, but this is how my friends and I dealt with our needs.

  2. don’t know why women should be worried about men being close friends. women are close friends with their female friends and their male friends,. so why not.

  3. Why is research needed for this? Good lord modern people in many aspects, are so late- and just silly trying to come up with all of these new terms, for things that have been going on for centuries lol.

    There were men in ancient times, who did not identity as what we call “gay”… Though had sex with a man.. This tended to happen mostly in warrior culture- which often made the two men have a stronger bond.. They’d probably be somewhat disgusted by the way we behave and view things today.. Men back in the day did not try to emulate male and female dynamic in their relationship, or even when it came down to the sex.. Meaning they did not have penetrative sex with each other.. The idea was seen as something humiliating, being that the act of penetrating another male, was usually something done to a defeated enemy, a slave, or temple prostitute (or someone who made themselves up as a wizard of sort).. It was not something you did (or allow to be done to you), by a man you truly loved, honored, and respected. It wasn’t seen as the ideal sexual act, between two men who loved each other.

    This is not a new phenomenon, it will continue to go on as humankind exist, only things that are different, is that slowly (very slowly) people are actually talking about it, which could make it not an issue, as it wasn’t back in ancient times.. Also a lot of males are getting into this, due to the fact that its very dangerous for them to get involved with women today…

  4. i’m a married bisexual man in my 60’s,i get the best of both worlds as iv’e had sexual affairs with men and women.i’m quite open about my bisexuality with my family,my wife knows i like anal both ways,she watched me one time when i took as cock up my ass hole,it’s what my hole is for.

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