October 25, 2011

IconMajority of women may be bisexual

New research from the United States suggests that most women experience same-sex attraction.

The study, which was conducted by psychologists from Boise State University in Idaho, involved 484 heterosexual-identified women. 60% of participants said that they were sexually attracted to other women, 50% had experienced same-sex fantasies and 45% had kissed another woman.

Lead researcher Elizabeth Morgan said: “women are encouraged to be emotionally close to each other. That provides an opportunity for intimacy and romantic feelings to develop.”

In another study involving 333 female students aged between the ages of 18 and 23, Morgan found that 67% of respondents had thought about or questioned their sexual orientation. However, most of these women continued to identify as heterosexual.

Lisa Diamond of the University of Utah suggested that women become less likely to label their sexual orientation as they grow older.

“We have this idea that sexuality gets clearer and more defined as time goes on,” she said. “We consider that a sign of maturity to figure out who you are. I’ve seen it’s really the opposite.”

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