The list of famous women who have identified, by words or actions, as having a bisexual tilt is quite long: Christina Aguilera – (quoted Advocate March 16, 2004 p.10 & “I find it hornier looking at women than men. Sorry, I love experimenting with my sexuality. If that means with girls, so be it.” Zoo, Jan 2004), Krista Allen, Susan B. Anthony, Joan Baez, Josephine Baker, Tallulah Bankhead, Drew Barrymoore, Ann Bannon, Sandra Bernhard, Sarah Bernhardt, Julie Cypher, Cameron Diaz – (maybe, “I had a major girl crush on Pamela Anderson. Still do—she’s hot as ever—but she was my first” …more in Advocate p.23 12/19/2006), Emily Dickinson, Marlene Dietrich, Ani DiFranco, Madonna, Angelina Jolie . . . and on and on and on . . .

With so many females being interested in other females, it really does make you wonder. I mean . . . really . . . if it became a “fad” for men to kiss men, would thousands of men put videos on YouTube of them smooching each other? But search the word “lesbian” on YouTube and you will have to go through thousands of video before you finally get to something other than girls on girls doing the fad kissing/fondling/groping/grinding/exposing thing. It really gets weird to watch after about the 681st video. Do all women live on the edge of becoming lesbo ho’s? Maybe that’s why those “Christian” old men get so upset about GLBT LGBT XYZ rights. We’re gonna steal their women.

And, if it could be measured objectively, would the evidence show that women even care about the gender of their sexual partners?

I can tell you that “One Lesbo” cares about gender. Perhaps there was a time when she didn’t care about things like name or marital status but gender, that had to be female.

Below is an article, “What do Women Want,” that discusses some research on the topic.

If anyone wants to speculate, or if you actually know the answer, please give us the exact manner/mechanism by which the photoplethysmograph is attached to a woman’s . . . pookie.


What do women want? It’s complicated,0,4731460.story

Ladies! Behold the splendor of the nude male form: sleek and powerful, a miracle of sculpted sinew, striding confidently across the sand or stretching out before you in ever-uncoiling glory.

On second thought, perhaps you’d prefer not to.

So say scientists at the frontiers of research on the eternal question of what women find erotic, the latest answer to which seems to be: not naked guys, or at least not simply naked guys.

“For heterosexual women, looking at a naked man walking on the beach is about as exciting as looking at landscapes,” says researcher Meredith Chivers in a new documentary about bisexuality called “Bi the Way.” The film was shown June 6 at the NewFest film festival in New York.

Chivers, a research fellow at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Toronto, says she has data to support this assertion. She recently published results of a study in which she showed people video clips of naked men and women in various sexual and non-sexual situations and measured their genital arousal.

Lack of excitement

Heterosexual women, Chivers and her colleagues found, were no more excited by athletic naked men doing yoga or tossing stones into the ocean than they were by the control footage: long pans of the snowcapped Himalayas. When straight women viewed a video of a naked woman doing calisthenics, on the other hand, their blood flow increased significantly.

What really matters to women, Chivers said, at least in the somewhat artificial setting of watching movies while intimately hooked up to a device called a photoplethysmograph, is not the gender of the actor, but the degree of sensuality. Even more than the naked exercisers, they were aroused by videos of masturbation, and more still by graphic videos of couples making love. Women with women, men with men, men with women: It did not seem to matter much to her female subjects, Chivers said.

“Women physically don’t seem to differentiate between genders in their sex responses, at least heterosexual women don’t,” she said. “They responded to the level of activity.”

Chivers’ work adds to a growing body of scientific evidence that places female sexuality along a continuum between heterosexuality and homosexuality, rather than as an either-or phenomenon.

“She’s pinpointing what’s kind of obvious, and yet unexplored: that women are so fluid in their sexuality,” one of the directors of “Bi the Way,” Josephine Decker, said.

Bisexual chic

Even in a culture that often cycles through moments of bisexual chic—Britney and Madonna, make way for Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson (photographed smooching in Cannes, France)—and despite survey data showing that young people, in particular, are open to sexual experimentation, bisexuality still tends to be treated as a novelty, a phase or even a cover for homosexuality.

Chivers herself was an author of a 2005 study using similar methods that found that men who called themselves bisexual were significantly more aroused by one gender, usually by men.

But women, some researchers say, are fundamentally different. A University of Utah researcher, Lisa M. Diamond, published a study in January in the journal Developmental Psychology that followed the love lives of 79 non-heterosexual women who variously labeled themselves lesbian, bisexual or none-of-the-above. Over 10 years, Diamond found, the women continued to be attracted to both sexes.

Women’s response to images of coupling extends even to other species, Chivers found. In a 2004 experiment, and again in the recent study, published in the December 2007 Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Chivers and her colleagues found women slightly but significantly aroused by footage of bonobo chimps mating. Men showed no such response.

And when Chivers asked her subjects to rate their own arousal to the videos they watched, the women, whether gay or straight, tended to give higher ratings to films showing women.

Counterintuitive result

“Heterosexual women are responding to women, which is counterintuitive,” Chivers said. “Why are women so turned on by watching other women?” Straight and gay men, as well as lesbians, were more predictably aroused by images of their preferred sex, Chivers found.

It is tough to know what to make of this information. Chivers makes no bold claims for it. “To conclude that women are bisexual on the basis of their sexual responding overlooks the complexity and multidimensionality of female sexuality,” she wrote in her paper. She did allow that the apparent flexibility of women “may be related to greater potential for bisexuality in women than in men.”

The makers of “Bi the Way” draw their own conclusions. “What started as a fad may have become a revolution,” a director, Brittany Blockman, says in a voice-over in the film, which traces the romantic peregrinations of five members of what a commentator calls the Whatever Generation. “But either way, it’s clear that young people are redrawing the map of sexuality.”

That’s a conclusion Chivers, for one, is not ready to draw. Blockman, 27, who holds a master’s degree in medical anthropology from Harvard, said she got the idea for the film when she channel-surfed across “The OC” and saw Mischa Barton‘s character kiss another young woman.

“When did two girls making out on mainstream teen shows become acceptable and cool?” she said in an interview. “I felt like I’d missed some kind of cultural shift.”

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