According to one recent study, human sexuality is fluid. The same study says — straight people do not exist.
This study was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the American Psychological Association. It undermines the long-held beliefs about heteronormative orientation. The study was looking at gender expression in women and measures their physiological response viewing a variety of photographic material. And, it has been found that, regardless of how women self-report their desire, their bodies actually respond positively to both hetero and homo way of making love.
The Director of Developmental Psychology in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University is Ritch C. Savin-Williams. The study occurred in his laboratory. According to him, it is a part of a much larger research project he and his fellow researchers are doing to uncover the real human desire through some physiological queues.
Ritch C. Savin-Williams says:
What we are trying is to get to the way in which people really are.
This is basically a study which assesses sexual orientation by looking at the eyes and whether they dilate or not. There is no person that can control their eye dilation. Essentially, that is what the whole project is attempting to get at. This is another way of assessing it, without relying on self-report.
Following the popular logic, sexuality is often thought of a straight or gay. Bisexuality has just recently begun to be taken seriously. Into the fabric of the American society is woven the idea of separate, static, as well as neatly defined sexual orientations. This is also part of our cultural conception of the gender itself: real men are masculine and they should be attracted to women.
The results which come from the study of Savin-Williams challenges the cultural beliefs. But he is also not surprised to find out that sexuality is actually more complex than gay and straight. He says:
What we try are trying is to get to the way people really are.
Sometimes, it seems like they are one way. But they believe that have to report themselves in another way. And that is absolutely not good.”
Men have so much cultural crap put on them. Even if a man really does have some attraction to guys, they would never say that.
The norms determine how we perceive and treat individuals. He has also been working on an idea which he calls the mostly straight male. He says:
Almost always, we can recognize mostly straight women. But after the right woman comes along they will probably try it out. We also used to think that it was just a female phenomenon.
He says that people have the ability to show physiologically that all guys are not either straight, gay, or bisexual.
The various parts of the study address this in both men and women collectively.
Savin-Williams says that there are some aspects (of male sensuality) along with a continuum, just as we have always recognized within women. And they will never say it.
Political activists have sought to undo structural inequality in the United States. From the suffragettes of the 19th century to the various social justice movements that arose in the mid-twentieth. Even some cultural norms which are seemingly innocuous can play some significant role in maintaining the gender inequity. By conducting this study on human sexuality, Savin-Williams, and his team of researchers had the purpose to alert the idea of those norms as something scientifically factual.
The self-esteem that lesbian woman have, tends to be higher than that which straight women have.
I really do see this loosening of the boundaries.
I think that it is happening for both men and women. Maybe it is a good thing, as it gives the kids opportunities for growing up more diversity, more options. They will not feel like they have to fit in at any cost.
From the perspective of humanity, even though a person that has an LGBT gender or identity may endure undue some social prejudice and discrimination. It may also be a privilege to be queer, as you have actually been given cause in order to question the norms which govern identity in a way heterosexual individuals may not have. The repressive gender culture may cause some material damages to people who actually fall closer to the queer part of the continuum. But those limitations actually limit everybody by disallowing the person to explore the depth, breadth, as well as the scope of their humanity.
When you look at a woman, the self-esteem that an LGBT one has seems to be higher than that of a straight one. Maybe these women feel like they have more freedom to be who they actually are. Granted, society may not always like it, but it is just your own and no one else’s authentic self.[Image Credit: Antiquity-Dreams/Inspired by Broadly]