The New York Times yesterday highlighted a recent study which showed that men who claimed to be bisexual do in fact get attracted to both men and women. The study, which is published in the Biological Psychology Journal, confirms that bisexual men can get sexually aroused by both men and women.
Strangely enough, the same researchers had reported in an earlier study in 2005 that “with respect to sexual arousal and attraction, it remains to be shown that male bisexuality exists.” So why the about turn? This time round, the study was better designed and with stricter criteria, with participants required to have had sexual experiences with at least two people of each sex and a romantic relationship of at least three months with at least one person of each sex.
Bisexuality, defined as physical and/or romantic attraction to both males and females, have been known to exist in society for ages, but scientific evidence of its existence has all this while been lacking. While this is the case, it is interesting to note that the American Psychological Association has long recognised that an individual’s sexual orientation is located anywhere between the homosexuality-heterosexuality spectrum. In other words, many people can fall anywhere between purely heterosexual (or homosexual) to being a bit of each. This sexual orientation can develop across a person’s lifetime–different people realize at different points in their lives that they are heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual.
Certainly this view is not as drastic as Sigmund Freud – who suggested that “all human beings are bisexual – – and that their libido is distributed between objects of both sexes, either in a manifest or a latent form.”
- NYT: Bisexual Men Exist! (slog.thestranger.com)