The bromance is far less taboo these days among straight men, says a new British study. In fact, a stunning 93 percent of the male college athletes interviewed had cuddled with another guy — some of them even spooned.
And get this — 98 percent of the students said they’d shared a bed with a male friend.
No, they’re (probably) not in the closet. But with the growing acceptance of homosexuality in society, they just aren’t going to hold back affection for fear of being called gay.
OK, so this was a really small study — only 40 men were involved. And they were also college kids, so their views on male-on-male affection are probably far more relaxed than their older counterparts. I also have a strong suspicion that the same study of American college athletes would have turned out differently, given the gay-bashing culture of US sports.
But if nothing else, it’s a glimmer of hope that tolerance and love are on the rise.
The study was conducted by Mark McCormack of Durham University and Eric Anderson of the University of Winchester, and was published in peer-reviewed journal Male and Masculinities.
Some of the sweet highlights, from the mouths of the students:
“We’re always cuddling, my lot. We’re all comfortable with each other.’’
‘‘[After a night of clubbing] if your mate has a headache you can like massage his head, or you just lie there together holding each other and laughing about how awful you feel.’’
“I love a quick cuddle, just so you remember your friends are about and are there for you.’’
“I feel comfortable with Connor and we spend a lot of time together. I happily rest my head on Connor’s shoulder when lying on the couch or hold him in bed. But he’s not the only one. The way I see it, is that we are all very good and close mates. We have a bromance where we are very comfortable around each other.”
Awwww, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.