Scientists say all people are partly bisexual
In recent years, more and more people perceive sexual orientation as a variable characteristic, but not a rigid label or personal trait. It all began in the mid-20th century, when the American biologist Alfred Kinsey has published a number of works on sexology, provoked a stormy debate in the society. In them, he developed the “Kinsey scale”, measuring sexual orientation on a scale of 0 to 6, where 0 is absolute heterosexuality, and 6 is exceptional homosexuality. It is clear that the world, where the black-and-white approach to sexuality ruled, such views seemed revolutionary.
A new study conducted by a team of scientists from Cornell University and the University of Essex, confirms the existence of a spectrum of sexual orientations. In order to draw such a conclusion, they conducted an experiment in which men and women watched erotic films, while researchers watched how much the pupils dilated when a picture appeared on the screen. Recall that the dilatation of the pupils is one of the most accurate and easy to measure indicators of sexual and / or romantic interest.
“You can not control the dilatation of the pupils. And that’s the main reason why we paid attention to them, “explains Rich Savin-Williams, co-author of the study and professor of psychology at Cornell University. “Another good way is to analyze the excitation of the genitals, but this, in terms of laboratory research, is too intimate.”
As a result, the experiment demonstrated that women who identified themselves as lesbians had a stronger reaction to attractive women than to attractive men on the screen. However, women who identified themselves as heterosexuals were, to some extent, interested in both sexes, writes the Medical Daily with reference to the study.
If we talk about men, the experiment showed that they almost always attracted the moment of masturbation of a woman or a man on the screen (moreover, regardless of whether they identify themselves as homosexual or heterosexual). However, with the interest of heterosexual men, the male actors had difficulties. Savin-Williams believes that the reason for this should be found in the toxic ideas of masculinity, which have long been firmly entrenched in society: they suppress men so much that when they have even minimal sexual attraction to their sex, they try not to show it.
Thus, scientists say, almost all of us are a bit bisexual. Researchers do not deny the fact that there are absolutely heterosexual and absolutely homosexual people, whose opposite sex does not cause any sexual emotions. And yet this is more an exception than the rule.