If you’re a lesbian, it’s likely because it was your choice and you probably just want to turn straight men on.
At least, that’s what a new university study published on Science Direct concludes. The controversial “scientific” report is facing backlash on social media for claims that lesbian and bisexual attraction exists because men think lesbians making out is hot.
The paper, titled “The evolution of female same-sex attraction: The male choice hypothesis,” was penned by Menelaos Apostolou, an assistant professor at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. Given that lesbian porn videos generate billions or trillions of views from straight men daily, could Apostolou be right?
Apostolou’s conclusions caused quite a stir among lesbians on social media, who are throwing mud at the academic for claiming that lesbian and bisexual attraction in women exists because men think it’s “sexy.”
Lesbians are up in arms over the report, which is based on a poll of 1,509 people and does not involve a single actual lesbian in the course of the study.
A fury also erupted on social media from gay, lesbian, and bisexual people after Apostolou suggested in the study that sexuality is a choice. The academic claims that same-sex attractions were “under positive selection” during “the period of human evolution.”
Apostolou says in the study that lesbian and bisexual attraction is triggered because men think it’s hot, based on his questionable conclusion that lesbians and bisexuals are trying to please straight men.
The academic also concludes that men are more “sexually excited” by the idea of their partner having a lesbian or bisexual attraction than women are.
And while this may be true — after all, lesbian porn is very common among straight men, while gay porn not so much among straight women — Apostolou’s conclusion that lesbian attraction exists because men like it so much couldn’t be more wrong, according to hundreds of lesbians who have flooded social media confronting the study.
After his study caught fire in the media, Apostolou spoke to Pink News, a British newspaper for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, where he summed up his controversial study.
Saying that turning straight men on is a “possible reason” why women develop same-sex attractions, the academic goes on to suggest that the “source” of women choosing to be lesbians has been “male preferences for opposite-sex sex partners who experienced same-sex attractions.”
Both lesbian and straight women took to Twitter to lash out at Apostolou and call his findings “nonsense,” with some questioning the credibility of the study that was written by a straight man polling exclusively straight men.
Hundreds of lesbians are furious over the study, saying that their attraction to women has nothing to with men thinking it’s sexy.
Apostolou eventually realized the absurdity of his claims, one of which was that sexuality is a choice, as the academic later acknowledged the need to do further research into same-sex attraction in women.
The next time Apostolou decides to do a study on same-sex attraction in women – which, really, he shouldn’t be doing anymore for his own sake – he really should consider getting at least a few lesbians onboard to offer an unbiased and balanced study.
On the other hand, participation of women in studies does not always guarantee credible findings, as it was the case with a 2015 study claiming that women are either bisexual or gay but “never straight,” according to the Telegraph.
Research by the University of Essex suggested that women are either bisexual or gay but “never straight” just because they are aroused by videos of both naked men and naked women.
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