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Google shows gay porn so popular in Pakistan; most searches coming from Peshawar

The Pew Research Center’s recent survey results of gay tolerance in 39 countries worldwide showed that Pakistan was among the least tolerant nations surveyed.

Only 2 percent Pakistanis of those surveyed said society should accept homosexuality but overall results were fairly unsurprising as a high proportion of respondents in Western Europe and North America answered “yes” to the question “Should society accept homosexuality?” few respondents in the Middle East and Africa agreed with them.

Considering that gay sex is illegal under the Pakistani penal code, the results were not surprising. But what is surprising is how those views compare to Pakistani search traffic around gay-porn related terms.


“As of this writing, Pakistan is by volume the world leader for Google searches of the terms “shemale sex,” “teen anal sex,” and “man fucking man,” according to Google Trends. Pakistan also ranks second in the world (after similarly gay-intolerant Kenya) for volume of searches for the search term “gay sex pics,” a report published at Mother Jones said.

The report said that in Pakistan the search terms like “shemale sex,” were not coming from Pakistan’s cosmopolitan centers, but fromPeshawar, a bastion of conservative Islam.

Farahnaz Ispahani, the former lawmaker and an expert in Pakistani minorities at the Woodrow Wilson International Centerfor Scholars, says that homosexuality is a taboo subject throughout the country. In major cities such as Lahore and Karachi, gays can develop a network of allies outside their tribe or family, but in conservative Peshawar, gay identity is more complicated. Part of the popularity of gay porn could stem from the fact that even highly observant Muslim males often have physical relationships with men without considering themselves gay, the report quoted her as saying.

“The real love they can have that most of us find with a partner, they find with men,” Ispahani says. “They mostly see their wives as the mother of their children.”