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Bisexual Females: News and Information

Updated/Revised Date: 13th Sep 2022
Author: Sexual Diversity | Contact: SexualDiversity.org
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Synopsis: This section of Sexual Diversity provides information for and about bisexual females, including news, articles, documents, and fact sheets.

Definition

Female Bisexuality

Female bisexuality is broadly defined as a romantic attraction, sexual attraction, or sexual behavior toward males and females or to more than one gender. Female bisexuality may also include romantic or sexual attraction to people regardless of their sex or gender identity, also known as pansexuality.

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Several studies have shown that women are much more likely than men to report attraction to and physical contact with same-sex partners. Women also show similar genital arousal when viewing images of both sexes in erotic situations.

Psychologist John Buss estimates that for most of human history, perhaps 2% of women have been lesbian or bisexual. Not anymore. Recent surveys of teenage girls and young women find that roughly 15% of young females today self-identify as lesbian or bisexual, compared with about 5% of young males who identify as gay or bisexual.

Researchers at Boise State University found that in a group of heterosexual women, 60 percent were physically interested in other women, 45 percent made out with a woman in the past, and 50 percent had fantasies about the same sex. Other experts support this view. "Women are encouraged to be emotionally close to each other," explained psychology professor Elizabeth Morgan, a professor of psychology. "That provides an opportunity for intimacy and romantic feelings to develop." From talking about personal issues for hours to calling each other "lovers," women's friendships are often barely distinguishable from romantic relationships. If a teenage girl kisses another girl, for whatever reason, and finds that she likes it, things can happen and change. If a young woman finds her soulmate, and her soulmate happens to be female, she may experience feelings she's never felt. Elizabeth Morgan, whose studies are focused on same-sex attractions among heterosexuals, said her findings revealed that straight women often feel more than a friendly affection for other women.

A hypothesis published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology suggests that more fluid female sexuality may have evolved because it benefited women's offspring. According to the theory, some women who were raped or fathered children with absentee or deceased dads formed sexual relationships with other women, which may have made it easier to raise children together. However, not everyone agrees with this hypothesis, pointing to the lack of evidence to support it and suggesting perhaps women's more fluid sexual boundaries may be a byproduct of some other evolutionary change. There may be no evolutionary reason for the hetero-flexibility, they say.

Actress Drew Barrymore came out as bisexual a while ago, demonstrating to other people that it is "okay to share who you are."

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