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Labels are for food: Examining sexual fluidity in college students
It has long been a common belief that an individual’s sexuality is a pre-determined and fixed trait. However, sexual fluidity contradicts this rigid assumption by affirming that sexuality has the ability to change over time. Past research has found women’s sexuality to be more fluid than men’s. In order to further understand these gender differences, 109 CSUF students completed a questionnaire that examined sexual fluidity in men and women. Results revealed that although men and women were not significantly different in their past sexual behavior, they were significantly different in their non-heterosexual attractions, such that heterosexual women reported more non-heterosexual attractions than heterosexual men. Furthermore, men and women were significantly different in their non-heterosexual fantasies, such that heterosexual women reported more non-heterosexual fantasies than heterosexual men. Additionally, men and women were significantly different in their attraction to the same sex, such that heterosexual women reported more attraction to the same sex than did heterosexual men. Results also revealed that men and women differed in their attraction to the same-sex, with women reporting a higher attraction to the same-sex than men. The findings of this study not only support past research, but also shed light on the discrepancies between women’s past sexual behavior, attractions, and fantasies, indicating that, although women have not engaged in any sexual behavior with the same sex, they experience attractions and fantasies towards the same sex.
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