According to a recent study carried out by Boise State University, over half of the 484 straight women questioned have at some point in their life been attracted to another woman. As well as this, 45 per cent of the women surveyed admitting to kissing another woman and 50 per cent confessed to enjoying fantasies about other women.
“Women are encouraged to be emotionally close to each other. That provides an opportunity for intimacy and romantic feelings to develop,” says Professor Elizabeth Morgan from the study.
It is said often that women’s friendships are barely distinguishable from romantic relationships. ‘Women are encouraged to be emotionally close to each other,’ said Prof. Morgan.’That provides an opportunity for intimacy and romantic feelings to develop.’
In other research, women were followed as their sexuality develops over a lifetime. At each of the half dozen follow-up interviews, they were asked to label themselves as lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual or unlabelled and share details about her love life.
The findings were really interesting. Over time, each woman’s chosen labels changed repeatedly, with one noteworthy trend.
Ms Diamond (the researcher) said the older they got, the more likely they were to choose ‘unlabelled’ which meant the older they got, the more they felt their sexuality didn’t fit into tidy boxes.
She said: ‘We have this idea that sexuality gets clearer and more defined as time goes on.
‘We consider that a sign of maturity to figure out who you are. I’ve seen it’s really the opposite.’
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