Please read this post before answering the poll. I've been meaning to post this poll for several months now, ever since I joined lpsg. I am a top by default but, I suspect, a bottom by nature. For a long time I thought of myself as versatile (I'm the sort of guy who wants to try it all), but over the years I've discovered that it's not really possible for me to bottom. I've experimented quite a bit on my own with various objects, toys, fingers,...my own fist. I found it quite pleasurable, but I encountered certain...problems. As a result of which I'm extremely hesistant to try bottoming for another guy. In fact, I go so far as so say that I can't be a bottom; it's just not an option for me. (Ironically, the goal in this solo experimentation was to teach myself so that I'd be prepared for another guy to fuck me, if and when the opportunity arose.) So I began identifying as a top to others (if it even came up, which it usually didn't) although as versatile to myself. I had by that point become really inhibited about the idea of getting fucked, so I didn't want any potential partners to even think I was open to the idea, lest they try to talk me into it. I didn't want to have to fend anyone off and go through a lot of awkward and unpleasant explanations for why I wasn't willing to bottom for them. So, during my years identifying as a top, I've come across a wide variety of attitudes among gay men about tops and bottoms, most of which make me even more reluctant to bottom. One thing that surprises me is how many men identify as exclusively one or the other. Like I said, I'm the sort of guy who wants to experience it all, so I'm surprised to find that other people are more self-limiting. Also, it seems that most bottoms have done both and discovered that they like bottoming more (but are willing and able to top once in a while). But most tops I've met claim that they have never bottomed and that they never will. I thought this was rather closed-minded of them, but then I realized that I was also presenting myself as an exclusive top. So I began to speculate about the reasons why some men are exclusive tops. I tried to come up with as many reasons as I could think of and created this poll. You can select more than one option. I also realize that there may be reasons which I failed to include. Please just do your best to pick the choice that best fits you. If you'd like to elaborate and explain your choice...or explain why you didn't particate because none of the options worked for you, I'd love to hear what you have to say. However, I understand that this may not be a topic that's too private for people to feel comfortable talking about, so voting without posting is still greatly appreciated. Thanks.