Are Women Sexually Fluid? The Nature of Female Same-Sex Attraction and Its Evolutionary Origins

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Abstract

The notion that female sexuality is fluid, meaning that women can experience attractions for either men or women depending on the circumstances, has been widely accepted by the academic community. Accordingly, scholars have attempted to develop evolutionary models that could explain why selection forces have favored sexual fluidity in women. The present paper reviews longitudinal studies on sexual attraction which indicate that the great majority of women do not have a fluid sexuality, but have instead stable attractions over time. Moreover, the current paper reviews studies on arousal, in order to demonstrate that they indicate a weak correlation between sexual arousal and sexual attraction in women, and not that women are attracted to both sexes. The evolutionary implications of the findings on female sexuality are further explored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-201
Number of pages11
JournalEvolutionary Psychological Science
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Homosexuality
  • Same-sex attraction
  • Sexual arousal
  • Sexual fluidity

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