NEW YORK: Despite being a conservative Islamic nation, Pakistan tops in Internet search for gay pornography.
Mother Jones, a San Francisco-based non-profit that does independent investigative work on social and political issues, has come to this conclusion after analyzing Google search trends about homosexuality.
According to its analysis, Pakistan is the top nation with a score of 100 when it comes to Internet search on homosexuality
Surprisingly, it is the highly conservative cities such as Peshawar under the shadow of the Taliban that see more pornographic traffic than the so-called liberal cities such as Lahore or Karachi.
Pakistan is by volume the world leader for Google searches of the terms “shemale sex,” “teen anal sex,” and “man fucking man,” Mother Jones says after analyzing Google Trends.
The report says Pakistan also ranks second in the world after Kenya for searches for “gay sex pics.’’
Under the Pakistan penal code, homosexuality is illegal and a crime which can lead to jail terms of two to 10 years.
Quoted a study by the Pew Research Center this week, the report says that only 2 percent Pakistanis say they want homosexuality to be accepted by society. The tolerance level of gays is just about 1 to 3 percent in all major Islamic countries from Nigeria to Indonesia, the report says.
The report quotes Farahnaz Ispahani, an expert on Pakistani minorities at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and former Pakistani MP, as explaining that the popularity of gay porn in Pakistan is attributed to the fact that even highly observant Muslim males often have physical relationships with men without considering themselves gay.
“The real love they can have that most of us find with a partner, they find with men. They mostly see their wives as the mother of their children,’’ she is quoted as saying.
According to her, rising extremism and intolerance for `the other’ is a major factor driving gay people to pornography.
“Religious extremism is at a height today,” she says. “Hindus are being forced to convert, Christians are being burnt alive – there’s very little personal safety for those seen as ‘the other.’ So what do (gay Pakistanis) do? They turn to pornography because they can’t live their lives openly,’’ Farahnaz Ispahani is quoted as saying.