New research confirms bisexuality
Although many people may already believe this to be true, new research demonstrates that it is in fact possible for a man to be sexually aroused by both men and women.
A new study from Northwestern University was conducted in order to determine if men who described themselves as bisexual were equally stimulated by both homosexual and heterosexual material. The study's authors found that men who claimed to be bisexual did not differ in their arousal responses when compared to both homosexual and heterosexual men when viewing various stimuli. The sample consisted of 100 men, which was nearly equally split between homosexuals, heterosexuals and bisexuals.
According to The New York Times, this is the second study of its kind this year, as another report was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior in March. The difference of the March study is that researchers also showed footage of a man having sex with both a man and a woman, thinking that this would specifically appeal to bisexuals.
Dr. Lisa Diamond, a sexual orientation expert, told the news provider that these two studies have indicated that bisexuality is a real part of some individuals' sexual health.
"I've interviewed a lot of individuals about how invalidating it is when their own family members think they're confused or going through a stage or in denial," she said. "These converging lines of evidence, using different methods and stimuli, give us the scientific confidence to say this is something real."
These two studies could open doors in terms of sex education, as it could leave room for discussion about the existence of bisexuality.