A new study suggests that women are either bisexual or gay but “never straight”.
The research revealed that while lesbians have a higher attraction to the female form, most women who identify as straight were observed to be aroused by videos of both naked men and naked women.
The study, which was conducted under Dr. Gerulf Rieger from the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex, involved 345 women who were analysed based on their response to videos of naked men and women.
The research involved analysis on the basis of signs of arousal such as pupil dilation in response to sexual stimuli. The results show that a major 82% of women involved were aroused by both sexes.
Of these, 74% of the women who identified as straight were sexually aroused by videos of both attractive men and women. This contrasted with the lesbians who showed a higher state of arousal in response to women rather than men.
The researchers commented that lesbians were similar to men in their responses as sexual responses to the preferred sex are usually shown in a more obvious manner by men.
Dr Rieger stated that: “Even though the majority of women identify as straight, our research clearly demonstrates that when it comes to what turns them on, they are either bisexual or gay, but never straight.”
Another interesting fact that Dr. Rieger commented on was that lesbians who dressed in a masculine manner did not necessarily show a more masculine style of sexual response.
“Although some lesbians were more masculine in their sexual arousal, and others were more masculine in their behaviours, there was no indication that these were the same women,” he said.
“This shows us that how women appear in public does not mean that we know anything about their sexual role preferences.”