Same-sex attraction in women evolved because it’s attractive to men, a bizarre new study found.
Entitled ‘The evolution of female same-sex attraction: The male choice hypothesis,’ the study states: ‘A considerable proportion of men desire same-sex attractions in women, and this is one possible reason why many women have such attractions.’
Conducted by Menelaos Apostolou at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, the study asked 1,509 heterosexual people a series of questions about same-sex attraction.
It found 34.3% of straight men prefer a partner attracted ‘predominantly to members of the opposite-sex but occasionally of the same-sex.’
Only 7.8% of straight women echoed this sentiment to the same question.
The new study continues: ‘Heterosexual women do not desire partners who experience same-sex attractions, but a considerable proportion of heterosexual men desired partners who experienced same-sex attractions.’
This means, it hypothesises, it’s possible that lesbians exist in order to please men.
‘In addition, men were more sexually excited than women by the same-sex infidelity of their partners, and they desired more than women, their opposite-sex partners to have sex with same-sex individuals,’ it concluded.
Apostolou believes it’s one possible theory why ‘about one in five women experience same-sex attraction.’
He told Pink News: ‘I can’t really see how cultural factors would make some men be turned on when their partners tell them I want to have sex with another woman.
‘These kinds of sexual traits are more instinctive. It’s a mechanism that has been selected to serve a purpose, to make you reproduce,’ he said.
Roxy Bourdillon, writer for lesbian magazine DIVA, believes the study is ridiculous.
She said: ‘What’s that I can smell? Oh yes, it’s patriarchal bullshit.
‘Menelaos, I think you’ve missed the fundamental point of being a lesbian. It’s not about turning guys on, it’s about turning girls on.
‘Seriously, aren’t there other things he could be studying?’ She wrote.