Women more likely to be bisexual, study shows
February 19, 2006
By Jonathan Owen
Being highly sexed changes men's and women's sexual orientation in startlingly different ways, a major academic study has concluded.
The research, conducted by Dr Richard Lippa, an internationally renowned sex expert at California State University, shows highly sexed women to be no less than 27 times more likely than men to become attracted to their own sex.
The survey, of more than 3 500 people, is published in this month's Psychological Science. It showed that 0,3 percent of men were attracted to their own sex, as opposed to 8 percent of women.
For most women, a high sex drive increases their sexual attraction to both men and women. The opposite occurs in men, where a high sex drive simply exaggerates existing sexual orientation.
"It is more common for women to change their sexuality," Lippa said. "My personal sense is that there are very few bisexual men, but there are significantly more bisexual women out there."
Researchers are finding evidence that there is a key biological difference at play between the sexes, rather than sociological factors alone. This conclusion comes as no surprise to Rebecca Loos, a television personality and lifelong bisexual.
"A lot of my female friends find women and men attractive, whether or not they happen to be in relationships with men," she says. "Most women I know have been with other women."
As more women develop an open-minded attitude, celebrities are once again leading the way in bringing sexual orientation out of the closet.
Madonna, Angelina Jolie and Saffron Burrows are among those famous for their relationships with both sexes.
Tracey Cox, a TV sex therapist, says: "Nearly all the sex therapists I know, if I ask what's the top fantasy for women, [will say] sleeping with another woman." - Foreign Service
I just find the idea of a study that finds only .3 percent of the male population being attracted to other men (I think that they were implying that the men identified heterosexual) very misleading. Is it the case that men don't want to admit their attraction? This article seems to imply that it is a chemical factor along with a social, but doesn't explain what that chemical association is. I really want to find this study and see what it really says.
PS: Why ask a celebrity bisexual what they think? Is this science or stupidity? *shakes her head*