A new report indicates what is no surprise for bisexuals, that male bisexuality exists, according to a recent study released in the journal Biological Psychology.
In 2005 a widely publicized study was released that said the existence of male bisexuality was not conclusive and more studies needed to be conducted. The announcement by a group of psychologists in Chicago brought the ire of men and women who identify as bisexual or defy other sexuality labels.
Researchers at Northwestern University reported “with respect to sexual arousal and attraction, it remains to be shown that male bisexuality exists.”
However, the new study followed much more stringent guidelines and required more of participants. It indicated that while generalities are difficult to make, there was significant evidence to support the existence of male bisexuality.
The first study was advertized on gay-leaning websites while the second looked for participants on sites geared specifically toward bisexuals. The studies were conducted in very similar fashions with electronic monitors attached to the genitals of men while they watched videos and images of men and women engaged in sexual activities. The first study indicated that the men who identified as bisexual reacted very similar to those that identified as gay. However, the more recent research found that bisexual men reacted sexually to both men and women in very similar proportions, while gay and straight men did not.
The recent studies followed a small sample group and generalities are difficult to diverge from the report. Also, there is no mention or attempt to study women who identify as bisexual.
The recent study was financed, in part, by the American Institute of Bisexuality, which supports advocacy and education about bisexuality.
However, some bisexual advocates are not satisfied with the study.
Ellyn Ruthstrom, president of the Bisexual Resource Center in Boston, echoed Mr. Larsen’s discomfort.
“This unfortunately reduces sexuality and relationships to just sexual stimulation,” Ellyn Ruthstrom president of the Bisexual Resource Center in Boston told the New York Times. “Researchers want to fit bi attraction into a little box — you have to be exactly the same, attracted to men and women, and you’re bisexual. That’s nonsense. What I love is that people express their bisexuality in so many different ways.”