If you’re a single bloke sat alone on Valentine’s Day with just a pizza for company, you might be wondering just what it is that makes you so repellent to those of the opposite sex.
Well, a new study has aimed to get to the bottom of that issue, but it’s actually a lot more complex than you might imagine.
While simple things like wearing too much aftershave, having terrible dress sense, or just being downright boring may be the kinds of things you’d expect to hear here, the reason given was far more specific.
According to the Huffington Post, the new study by Glamour polled over 1,000 women between the ages of 18 and 44, and found that, despite the majority of the participants saying they believe they occupy a wide spectrum of sexuality that extends beyond the confines of ‘gay’ and ‘straight’, they don’t hold that same mindset when it comes to men.
In fact, despite 63 per cent admitting to a fluid sexuality and noting that they would opt out of traditional labels like ‘homosexual’, ‘heterosexual’ and ‘bisexual’, the very same number said they wouldn’t date a man who had slept with another man. Harsh…
Glamour also found that 47 per cent of women say they’ve been attracted to another woman, and of that group, 31 per cent have had a sexual experience with another woman. Also, a mere 3 per cent ranked sex as the most important aspect of a relationship.
Speaking to Glamour, Ritch C. Savin-Williams, PhD, director of the sex and gender lab at Cornell University, said:
Many young women no longer feel they have to choose one sexuality or identity. Today, many invent their own terms. There is a growing tendency not to be boxed in, especially among millennial women.
There is a general perception that women are more fluid in their sexuality than men, and the results of this survey would certainly seem to back that up.
Still, given how much attitudes towards women’s sexuality has clearly changed, hopefully the same stigma around men and their sexual identities will begin to change for the better soon.