Thursday, June 12, 2008

Are Most Women Bisexual?


Tell the truth, girlfriends. Does this picture turn you on--even the eensiest bit?
A recent study at Northwestern University says it probably turns you on as much as a picture of a man and woman doing similar things, even if you're heterosexual. The study indicates that homosexual and heterosexual women exhibit bisexual arousal patterns; that is they are equally aroused by male/male, female/female and male/female erotic films. This pattern contrasts with men, who generally respond only to erotic films that match their sexual preference.


Researchers concluded that women are more flexible in their sexual preferences than men and raised questions about why most women choose men if they are equally attracted to both men and women. Good question, especially these days, when women don't have to depend on men to be the breadwinners, and yet they still don't do their share of the housework.


Interestingly, the study raised the ire of some politicians, including U.S. Representative Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) who joined other lawmakers in complaining about the federal government providing $26,000 to help fund the study, calling it "a bizarre spending decision." There was no word on whether he and his cohorts also protested $90-million in federal funding to provide Viagra and other erectile-enhancing drugs to Medicare recipients. According to a report by the National Research Center for Women and Families, in 2006. Congress cut other medical programs in order to provide that amount to pay for medically-enhanced erections for men.

10 comments:

Flick said...

I'm not turned on. At all. Not one tiny little bit!!!!!! They didn't ask me. I wonder who they did ask. I always thought - but now I'm wondering if it's what I've been conditioned to think by films etc that hetero men got turned on big time by watching two or more women together?

Susan Edwards said...

The study was done at Northwestern University and I'm betting they used college students, though the abstract didn't specify.

Anonymous said...

Nah, they're not my type. :)

Maria

Anny Cook said...

Ugh. Except in a very vague observation that the two chicks were in pretty good shape???

Sexually didn't do a thing for me.

Debra Glass said...

OK - I think it's hot and would be even hotter if one of them was Angelina Jolie. I don't know why f/f fiction doesn't sell well. Societal pressure, peer status, financial status, conditioning to be under the wing of a protector, all of those things go into reasons a bisexual woman would choose a man as a life partner over a woman. I also believe men think it's hot because they envision the two women giving them 2 on 1 attention - not because they think it's sexy to see 2 women going at it.

Astute Editor said...

Well...not THIS picture. Can't stand the socks. ;)

But honestly, though I love my man, I find F/F action hot. There's something supremely exciting in the contrast between hard male/soft female. The softness alone is uniquely sexy in its own way.

I seem to recall reading the percentage of women who "experiment" sexually with other females in college is extremely high. Got any numbers on that?

Susan Edwards said...

I seem to recall seeing numbers on f/f experimentation in college somewhere. I'll see what I can dig up. Yeah, we might have had more women find it hot if the women were slightly less skeezy and slightly better dressed.

Debra, I'm with you: stumped on why f/f erotica doesn't sell. We are doing a story next month in Lady Jaided mag from a bisexual EC author who has an interesting relationship with her female life partner who is hetero.

Susan Edwards said...

Okay, a quick search turned up this piece from msnbc: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9358339/
It says women experimenting with bisexuality is on the rise across age groups but is highest among college-age women. 11.5% of women age 18-44 have had at least one sexual experience with another woman. It's 14% for women in their late teens and early 20s, though no specific numbers for women in college--at least in this article. They do reference the ol' LUG (lesbian until graduation) thing, though.

Barbra Novac said...

I think it has a lot to do with the sexualisation of women. All of us, men and women, are trained to see women as sex objects. It's self evident that conditioning implies we will all have the same response. The fact that women are turned on by F/F and yet want to marry men supports this point. I don't think it has anything to do with lesbianism or wanting to sleep with a woman. It's just that it's shoved in our face all day every day, from the day we were born.

Susan Edwards said...

That's a very good point, Barbra. I also maintain that a naked male stranger can be interpreted as a threat (potential rapist) to a woman, even if he is attractive while a naked woman is quite the opposite.