Dr. Andy

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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Straight, gay or lying?

According to this article, there are few if any, true male bisexual:

People who claim bisexuality, according to these critics, are usually homosexual, but are ambivalent about their homosexuality or simply closeted. "You're either gay, straight or lying," as some gay men have put it.

In the new study, a team of psychologists directly measured genital arousal patterns in response to images of men and women. The psychologists found that men who identified themselves as bisexual were in fact exclusively aroused by either one sex or the other, usually by other men.

I could see how, depending on the circumstances, a person who was primarily homosexual would try to feel desire toward women as well.

2 Comments:

At 2:29 PM, Blogger ollie said...

Hmm, Dr. Andy, have you read any of the Kinsey report stuff?

Here is a question: did you see "The Crying Game" and if so, did you remember the scene in which the main character (a "queen" homosexual who was also a cross dresser) was made up as a woman and got whistled at by construction workers?

Would a male who is turned on by Jay Davidson (the actor) in drag be considered bisexual or homosexual?

One thing that this reminded me of: back when I was at Annapolis, we were watching TV. A jeans ad was aired; we saw a close up shot of the rear end of someone wearing tight jeans. There were hoots and whistles... then the camera backed up and showed that they guys were whistling at a guy!!!

You should have seen how quiet the room got.

So, were all of these guys homosexual?

These are not smart-aleck rhetorical questions; I really am interested in this topic.

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger Dr. Andy said...

I think you need to distinguish between "mistakes" and who one is actually attracted to. I think everyone has been attracted to someone inappropriate like in your examples (I haven't seen "The Crying Game").

The study focused on arousal when the source of the arousal was clear, and seemed to show that males were attracted either to females or other males. I don't see how the occassional mistake in identity changes that.

 

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