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Gay Porn and Russia Leading Up to Sochi

Our friends over at the Sex.com blog ran a really interesting infographic yesterday which proved to be extremely illuminating concerning Russia’s pornographic viewing habits, especially with all of the controversy that has been swirling around leading up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The writers at Sex.com dug deep into their site statistics and procured this study about the top search terms on the Russian version of their website, and well, the data speaks for itself.

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(You can click on the infographic to make it larger and easier to read FYI)

The Russia government has come under a lot of scrutiny as of late due to their backwards laws deeming overt displays of homosexuality as punishable by law.  Though actually being gay is not punishable, the laws are defined in such a vague way that it becomes extremely unclear what is or isn’t against the law.  There have already been people arrested in Russia for protesting these laws leading up to the Olympics.

The writers at Sex.com do a very thorough job of actually breaking down the different results, but the most interesting fact here is that, out of the Top 10 search results, 4 of them are for porn showing homosexual acts.  Nobody has ever denied that there is a large LGBT community in Russia, just as there are everywhere in the world. It is startling to see these numbers given the violence and mistreatment surrounding the Russian gay population.

Or perhaps it makes complete sense?  Perhaps people, unwilling to get into trouble with their government, are turning to the internet and pornography to express their sexuality.

I really like watching the Olympics.  This year however, I’m having a more difficult time supporting them and am less excited than usual.

Though I love watching all of the different countries compete in a variety of different events, its hard to really get into it with all of these anti-gay sentiments floating around in Russia and the rumours of mass-corruption leading up to the event.

I want to try and ignore all of the controversy and just focus on the sport, but I’m finding it impossible to look past.

For more information and for a more thorough breakdown of the different findings, check out the Sex.com post about their infographic here.

What do you think?  Does the controversy surrounding the Olympics alter your enjoyment of the event itself, or are you able to separate the politics from the sports?

4 Responses to “Gay Porn and Russia Leading Up to Sochi”

  1. lesfemmesvoice

    I am in the same boat as you — I would like to just enjoy the event and the feeling of world-unity that often comes with the Olympic Games, but the anti-gay sentiment coming from Russia is making that really hard. On top of the anti-gay controversy, it also doesn’t help that Russia seems to be completely ill-prepared for the event in general. Reports of half finished hotels, lack of plumbing and dangerous slopes are dampening the excitement around the event even more. Not to mention the reports that Russians are rounding up all the stray dogs they can find in Sochi and euthanizing them… All of these things make it really hard for me to get into the “Olympic spirit.”

    I can’t even imagine how the athletes themselves must be feeling right now. They shouldn’t have to worry about being persecuted for their sexuality, not being able to flush their toilet or potentially getting injured during their event. They should be able to focus and do their best — this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for them. It really makes me sad for all involved, and I wish that they had never chosen Russia to host the Olympics this year…

    -C

    Reply
    • theundiedrawer

      Yes, it must be very tough for the athletes – and there is also the general issue of safety. While doing some research on the Olympics I discovered something quite sad:

      Many athletes’ families, who would normally take the trip to go watch their children perform in one of the most prestigious events in the world, will not be accompanying their children to Sochi due to security issues. The athletes are being sheltered in a safe, super-heavily guarded athlete compound, but the surrounding areas and hotels are simply not adequately protected for families to go along.

      As a result, many of the athletes will be going into Sochi alone, while their friends and family have to stay at home and watch them on TV…

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      • lesfemmesvoice

        Wow. That’s honestly heart wrenching! I hadn’t even thought about the families and friends of the athletes. This year’s Olympics are just bad news all around…

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