When it comes to choosing a lover, women are more open-minded than men and a team of researchers has proven it. Dr. Elizabeth McClintock of the University of Notre Dame conducted a study on gender fluidity found that women are three times as likely to explore bisexuality compared to men.
The study, which used data from Add Health, found that the sexual identity of women is influenced as much by romance as it is sex. Sex shouldn’t be discounted, though — the study also found that women were more open to bisexuality if they had generally unsatisfying sex lives. Their findings showed women between ages 22 and 28 were the most likely to change their sexual identity. The research also claimed that although women who claimed to be “100 percent” heterosexual were childless, successful and sexually attractive. Dr. McClintock explains:
“Women with some degree of attraction to both males and females might not be drawn into heterosexuality if they have favorable options in the heterosexual partner market. Women who are initially successful in partnering with men, as is more traditionally expected, may never explore their attraction to other women. However, women with the same sexual attractions, but less favorable heterosexual options might have greater opportunity to experiment with same-sex partners.”
McClintock also found that when men said they were either “100 percent” heterosexual or homosexual, they didn’t drift far from that scale. Unlike women, men having unsatisfying sex makes no difference in the men’s sexual identity. Oddly enough the research found that men with higher levels of education were more likely to identify as bisexual.
“Having flexible sexual attractions may grant greater importance to contextual and experiential factors when it comes to sexual identity,” McClintock said. In other words, people who identify as straight or gay may find themselves happier or more satisfied with the “wrong type” of sex partner.
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