Study Claims Women Are Bisexual Because It Turns Men On

A bisexual partner also enables men "to gain access to other women," says Menelaos Apostolou.

A new study has concluded that women are bisexual because it’s “beneficial” to men.

Dr. Menelaos Apostolou, a professor at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus published his findings in “The evolution of female same-sex attraction: The male choice hypothesis.” he told Pink News that he discovered “A considerable proportion of men desire same-sex attractions in women, and this is one possible reason why many women have such attractions.”

Needless to say, his findings have been quite controversial.

In a survey of more than 1,500 heterosexuals, participants were asked to rate how they would feel if their partner had sexual contact with someone of the same sex versus the opposite sex, using a scale of 1 to 5. Almost half (46%) of the male participants said they preferred women who were not exclusively attracted to men. According to Apostolou, that predilection is the cause of any female sexual fluidity.

“There are reasons to believe that such positive selection would come from a male preference for same-sex attraction in heterosexual women.” (If you’re curious, only 7.8% of female subjects said they preferred male partners who weren’t exclusively heterosexual.)

Not surprisingly, Apostolou’ methodology and reasoning leave something to be desired: He focused predominately on reproduction—which (shocker) is not necessarily the main factor in sexual relationships. Men prefer women to cheat on them with other women, he surmised, because such “non-reproductive outlets” wouldn’t lead to pregnancy.

So, not only are women turning to other women because it turns their male partners on, but because it doesn’t threaten their guy’s manhood. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

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But wait, there’s more.

“Another benefit that a man can accrue from an opposite-sex mate who experiences same-sex attraction can be to gain access to other women,” Apostolou surmises. “In particular, if a man’s partner has sex with another woman, there is an elevated probability that he gains also sexual access to this other woman.”

What do the female partners say about this? They weren’t asked.

Apostolou also ignored trends in other cultures and time periods, as well as women who had same-sex partners for any length of time. The only other factor he cites as possibly affecting a woman’s sexual identity is religion, specifically Greek-Orthodox Christianity, in which “same-same attraction is considered reprehensible.”

Studies like this perpetuate biphobia and misogyny, and remove women’s sexual agency. (They also discredit queer women whose identities are rarely influenced by male desire. Fortunately, there’s been plenty of legitimate research done in this arena.

Maybe Apostolou could study some of it.

Trish Bendix is a Los Angeles-based writer.
@trishbendix