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Study Finds Women’s Sexuality Fluid, More Apt To Be Bi Over Time

Women are, by and large, bi-curious when it comes to sex according to a new report. What is more, it becomes more apparent as women get older. This is perfectly natural, in fact. The study from Boise State University found that, of a group of 484 heterosexual women, 60% were sexually attracted to other women; 45% had kissed a woman, and 50% had fantasies about being with other woman.

According to Elizabeth Morgan, a professor of psychology at Boise State University, straight women often feel more than a friendly attraction for other women. Morgan studies same-sex attractions among heterosexuals.

The Daily Mail reported that:

Mary Portas entered into a civil partnership with her wife, Melanie Rickey, in January last year after her 13 year marriage with her husband ended in divorce

Mary Portas was 49 when she entered into a civil partnership with 37-year-old Grazia journalist Melanie Rickey last year after calling time on her 13 year marriage with husband Graham

Other data suggests upwards of 20 percent of women are attracted to other women. It’s claimed this could be linked to the way women socialise from chatting on the phone for hours to snuggling during chick flicks.

Morgan noted that there are times when women’s friendships are barely different from romantic relationships and she stated that “women are encouraged to be emotionally close to each other. That provides an opportunity for intimacy and romantic feelings to develop.”

The Daily Mail also reported that:

And over 15 years, Lisa Diamond, Ph.D. a psychologist at the University of Utah, followed a group of women attracted to other women.

Her data shows, for the first time, how sexuality develops over a lifetime. At each of the half dozen follow-ups interviews, she asked each woman to label herself as lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual or unlabeled and share details about her love life.

What Diamond found was that women’s chosen labels changed repeatedly over time, and that the older a woman got the more she was likely to choose unlabeled, or to put it another way, women no longer felt that their sexuality fit into tidy boxes. Diamond stated that “We have this idea that sexuality gets clearer and more defined as time goes on. We consider that a sign of maturity to figure out who you are. I’ve seen it’s really the opposite.”

This is not the first study to show that a woman’s sexuality is more fluid and more apt to be more pansexual or bisexual than men’s. It is also borne up by statements made by the likes of Meredith Baxter, who married a woman after a long time being with a man.



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7 Responses to Study Finds Women’s Sexuality Fluid, More Apt To Be Bi Over Time

  1. Irene

    September 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Ah! Since you commented above about yaoi and gay erotica, something curious that I read a while ago came to my mind…It’s true that yaoi is mainly created and consumed by straight girls, as expected, so it doesn’t tell much about sexual fluidity.
    But the interesting part is that, apparently, it attracts also many lesbians, and the few men that like it, are usually straight instead of gay (gays find yaoi too girly on average).
    It’s intriguing that some lesbians like it, since it not only portrays their non-prefered sex, but also, how could they relate with the action?
    Maybe it’s because yaoi has a feminine sensibility, while lesbian pornography is usually aimed at men? Well, that’s my hypothesis.

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      September 7, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      I think part of it is also that a lot of people are either sexually fluid or sexually rigid…and those who are sexually fluid (even without realizing it) are often attracted to a gender expression rather than a physical sex. Those who are sexually rigid are apt to be either straight or gay, and are attracted to what depicts that. For instance, a woman might be, say, lesbian, but she also has the ability to understand being a gay man and finds gay men attractive, but from a male perspective.

      I have to be honest…I am lesbian, but I find some men- mostly very feminine men, to be attractive. I wouldn’t bed one, but I do find yaoi to be interesting, and yuri, but only if it doesn’t seem too fanservicy. I’ve actually complained on here about too many lesbian programs seem to highlight sex and not enough seem to be romantic in nature. I actually find kissing and holding hands to be more appealing than two women jumping into bed. So, I agree that there is a lot more to this discussion than is being discussed.

  2. Irene

    September 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but women are NOT more sexually fluid than men. Most statistics (Kinsey, for example) show that male same-sex experimentation is more frequent than female’s. The study you mention is an exception, and probably has a LOT to do with the double standard that Werstern society has towards gay men and lesbians.
    An examination of other cultures, human history and behaviour in animals shows also that male homosexual tendencies are more prevalent.

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      September 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm


      Given all the yaoi and gay erotica that is out there, I have no doubt that humans have a very complex sexuality, over all, and it would not surprise me to find out that, a hundred years from now, such studies as this one will be seen as limited.

  3. Matthew

    February 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    O.K. When I came out as bi in high school 4 other guys told me “I feel the same way” other guys on the football team experimented with each other. Of the four men two became very homophobic. Over the years I ended up dating more girls than guys and was in a 5 year relationship with a woman. So when “straight” men find out I am bisexual they end up coming out to me. I can list off about 20 examples of closeted and invisible bisexual and bicurious men. Invisible meaning they got married and are out to a select few including their wives. Male sexuality is very fluid but if men have sex with men they are pigeoned holed into “gay” because we all know bisexual men don’t exist. Bisexual men are really everywhere and no where at the same time. And to prove the point further an x girlfriend recently told me over half the men she dated via Craigslist and okCupid have had sex with men but are “straight”. Bisexual men are often called “gay and in denial” but really our whole culture is now in such denial that bisexual men are everywhere that is now becoming a laughable narrative. But now men can fulfill any bicurious fantasy they want via the Internet.

  4. Jonny

    October 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Very interesting, especially this bit:

    “women are encouraged to be emotionally close to each other. That provides an opportunity for intimacy and romantic feelings to develop.”

    I’m willing to bet that many more men would display this same fluidity openly if they weren’t socialized to be so homophobic. Look at all the craigslist ads for ‘straight’ men who want to meet other men and have a circle jerk.

    Noting that sexuality is influenced by socialization can be problematic as a lot of the defense of gay rights has come by saying it’s genetic. For my part I see it more as an issue of freedom; whether sexuality is inborn or not, every person should have the freedom to choose their partner(s) from the available field of consenting adults, and that society at large should not be allowed to demonize them for their choices. I guess that’s a harder sell though.

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      October 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      I agree Jonny. I think our society hurts men pretty badly too.