- Jul 2011
- 315 bowery/DMS
Everyone Is A Little Bisexual, Even If They Claim Otherwise
Everyone Is A Little Bisexual, Even If They Claim Otherwise, Study Finds
In recent years, more and more people are perceiving sexual orientation as a spectrum rather than a rigid label or identity.
The concept of the sexual orientation continuum was first suggested by American biologist Alfred Kinsey who published influential works on sexology during the mid-20th century, stirring a controversial reaction at the time. He also developed the Kinsey Scale, which measured sexual orientation on a scale of 0 to 6 (with 0 being exclusively heterosexual and 6 being exclusively homosexual) as opposed to a black-or-white approach.
In a published paper on human sexuality, researchers from Cornell University and the University of Essex brought more findings to light, suggesting absolute, rigid heterosexuality may not exist. Male and female volunteers were examined as they watched pornographic videos featuring either gender. Researchers specifically observed the dilation of their pupil, which is an indicator of sexual arousal.
"You can't control your eye dilation. Essentially, that's what the whole project attempts to get at, another way of assessing sexuality without relying on self-report," explained co-author Ritch Savin-Williams, who is a professor of developmental psychology at Cornell. "Another way, of course, is genital arousal, but that gets a little invasive."
Interesting article, what do you think?