A psychologist claims nobody is 100% straight.
The expert in gender studies from Cornell University claims more and more men are better defined as ‘mostly straight’.
Rich C Savin-Williams warns many people struggle with the concept of bisexuality, particularly men, even though he believes the term describes all of us.
The paper throws doubt on traditional, strict definitions of sexuality and supports the theory that sexuality is a spectrum or continuum; an increasingly proven theory.
In 1948, Alfred Kinsey published his findings, introducing the Kinsey Scale to the world, stating: ‘Males do not represent two discrete populations, heterosexual and homosexual. The world is not to be divided into sheep and goats. It is a fundamental of taxonomy that nature rarely deals with discrete categories’
On the Kinsey Scale a person rating ‘0’ would be considered exclusively heterosexual and someone rating ‘6’ would be exclusively homosexual.
Savin-Williams’ new book Mostly Straight: Sexual Fluidity Among Men interviews 40 men who identify as ‘straight’ but engage in liaisons with other men.
In a previous study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Savin-Williams examined ‘heterosexual’, cis-gender volunteers (those identifying strictly as either male or female from birth) and showed them each pornographic material whilst measuring the dilation of their pupils.
The ‘heterosexual’ women’s eyes dilated watching women with women and the ‘hetero’ men’s eyes dilated watching men masturbate.
Savin-Williams said: ‘We used to think [bisexuality] was only a female phenomenon. He told Broadly his research proves that’s not the case.
In a previous study, he found that between two and 11 percent of adults had ‘admitted’ experiencing homosexual feelings but this research implies people are either unaware of their homosexual tendencies or simply don’t want to acknowledge them.
Rich C-Savin-Williams warns against the cultural norm stating that women can be sexually fluid but not men.
‘Men have gotten so much cultural c**p put on them that even if a man does have some sexual attraction to guys, they would never say it,’ he told Broadly.