Recent scientific papers indicate that women are more likely to become bisexual, new study finds after reviewing the answers provided by men and women respondents. The experiment was conducted on a 10-year period allowing researchers to better assess the possible factors that might influence the sexual orientation of a person.
For the current study, researchers used the information that was collected during the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, which was started in 1994. The 14,000 students that were interviewed back then were later on surveyed in 2001-2002 and at the end of the experiment in 2007-2008. The study began when respondents were 16 years old and concluded when they turned 28 years old.
The withdrawn data has clearly indicated that women are more likely to become bisexual than man, who have declared themselves 100 percent straight in most of the cases. There are, nevertheless, certain aspects that contribute to women’s flexibility towards same-sex relationships, including their social status and their level of attractiveness.
Contrary to our expectations, the least likely to declare themselves 100 percent straight were women who gave birth to a child in their early 20s. At the opposite pole lie the men in the same category, who have stated they were 100 percent straight when asked about it. These young fathers were also the first to state that they have never considered same-sex relationships.
This was not the only time when men and women had opposite opinions on the matter. The study has further revealed that women with a higher social status, education background and level of attractiveness declared themselves 100 percent heterosexual. Well-educated men, on the other hand, did not qualify themselves as 100 percent heterosexual.
Elizabeth Aura McClintock, the author of the study, believes women are more inclined to become bisexual, depending on their romantic opportunities. The less attractive the woman is considered, the more likely to start a homosexual relationship, the scientist has concluded.
The same is valid, in her opinion, for young mothers, especially when their partner has left. Women look for a viable partner to raise their children with and they often find same-sex lovers because they share the same view on children’s education.
In spite of the recent findings, McClintock insisted that the study does not prove that women settle for female partners because they cannot find a good male partner. She believes less attractive women are more sexually flexible because they do not observe social norms, whereas attractive women will try to fulfill all social requirements in point of physical aspect, career and marital status.
The findings of the study will be introduced during the upcoming meeting of the American Sociological Association.
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