I've heard about these HIV...Bugchasing...parties for a while now and I never saw anything that was mainstream enough to post about. In other words, from what I've always gathered these parties are not widespread and you can only find out about them through some kind of underground network of men who are into this sort of thing. But I even hesitate to say that because I really don't know much about them. I've only heard a few things, and I want that to be clear.
In any event, aside from the poor quality of writing in this particular article, here's more about bugchasing parties.
If a sea of new articles from the likes of Dazed Digital, The Sun, The Daily Mail, and The Mirror are to be believed (and we strongly suspect they aren’t), you’ve just attended your first (or maybe your fifth) “sex roulette” party, a troubling and probably totally pretend new trend that’s a new spin on the idea of “bug chasing” or “gift giving.” Even some gay press reported the story as reputable news.
Even wiki knows about bugchasing:
Bugchasing is the practice of pursuing sexual activity with HIV-positive individuals in order to contract HIV. Individuals engaged in this activity are referred to as bugchasers. It is a form of self-harm. Bugchasers seek sexual partners who are HIV-positive for the purpose of having unprotected sex and becoming HIV-positive; giftgivers are HIV-positive individuals who comply with the bugchaser's efforts to become infected with HIV.
Evidently, it's all about the thrill of not knowing whether or not they will be infected with HIV. They also call them "Blue" parties because that's the color of the Truvada pill.
There's a lot more here to learn, but you get the basic point. I don't think it's something anyone can actually figure out. But again, I hesitate to comment because I don't know enough about the topic in the first place. And it's just too sensitive and complicated for one short post like this.
And there is a huge twist to all this. I would be highly remiss if I didn't mention it. Many people believe this is all legend and that it's not true.
According to snopes...
There is no credible evidence that such an event has ever occurred, much less is "on the rise." The claim of HIV-infecting sex parties sweeping the globe is based on vague statements purportedly made by a single physician in Spain, and none of the published articles carried firsthand reports. The closest was a statement made at one time by a stripper in Serbia who simply claimed such events were happening (not that she had ever attended or witnessed one).
I honestly don't know whether it's true or not. I didn't hear about it from a physician in Spain. I heard about it from a guy in Palm Springs who claims he went to one of these parties himself.
Women Who Love Gay Porn Studio CockyBoys
It's no surprise to me that some women love gay porn, gay romance, and all kinds of gay erotica. I write gay romance and m/m romance and a good deal of my readers are women. I even edited an anthology titled, "The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance." So I found this particular article interesting from writer's POV, too.
Cosmo recently took a deep dive (mildly NSFW) into the very particular community of female fans who are obsessed with the twinky stars of gay porn studio CockyBoys.
“If it wasn’t for our women fans, I don’t think we would have the level of exposure that we’ve had,” former porn performer George Alvin (a.k.a. Max Ryder) tells the mag. So, what makes these nubile young dudes so appealing to 20- and 30-something ladies?
You can check this out here. If you don't know about this, you might want to find out more. I thought is was thorough.
Of course someone in the comments brought up the age old argument I've seen many times before from other gay men. I don't think it's a very strong argument. I've always found that women want the gay content from a gay POV...at least that's what they tell me themselves.
I feel like knowing this diminishes the appeal; gay porn should be enjoyed by gay men without thinking about the women who watch it.
Gay Anthem Booty Boy
Here's another interesting piece about female rapper, Malka Red, creating what is being called another gay anthem...Booty Boy. And she didn't even know she was doing it.
The video, which has been steadily racking up views since it was released earlier this month, centers around the almighty boy booty, and while it takes Malka some time (and ample booty) to get her friend to come around on the topic, gay men certainly don’t need any nudging.
You can read more of this here and watch the video.
Frankly, though, I find very little in this video relating to gay culture and I don't see what the big thing is. You see, if gay men were to tell you the truth you might learn something new about gay culture instead of what you see in videos like this...or what you read about in articles that are not geared toward gay culture.
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