Friday, January 18, 2008

Back seat sex research

Sex research seems to have very low standards. USA Today reports:
Bisexuality among women isn't just a phase, according to new research that followed 79 non-heterosexual women for a decade and found that bisexual women continue to be attracted to both sexes over time.

Being bisexual is a distinct orientation, not a temporary stage, says the study by Lisa Diamond, an associate professor of psychology and gender studies at the University of Utah. It is being published next week in the January issue of Developmental Psychology, a journal of the American Psychological Association. ...

Diamond suggests that most women "possess the capacity to experience sexual desires for both sexes, under the right circumstances."
So she talked to 79 non-hetersexual women, and then jumped to conclusions about most women. There was not even a control group.
The study also debunks the stereotype that bisexual women aren't able to commit to monogamous relationships because they're always thinking about desire for the other gender.
So how did she determine that these women were still bisexual, if they were committed to monogamous relationships?
"Women's sexuality in general has taken a back seat in terms of research overall."
This academic research sounds about as valid as my personal back-seat sex research on women.

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