A large new U.S. study from the University of Notre Dame that followed more than 9,000 people over a period of 14 years has shown that sexuality is more flexible for women than it is for men. Following their subjects from when they were on average 16 years old to 28 years old, the participants were asked questions about how they experienced and labeled their sexualities. Between their early and late 20s, women were three times more likely than men to change how they identified their own sexuality and they were more likely to view their sexualities in grayer terms. While women were more likely to report being bisexual, men were more likely to report being either “100 percent heterosexual” or “100 percent homosexual.” Clinical sexologist Debra Laino told Yahoo Health that the role of traditional masculinity in our society might have something to do with that difference, as men experience more societal pressure to identify as either straight or gay. Study author Elizabeth Aura McClintock says that while society prefers to have a label for our sexual identity, there is still a lot we don’t know: “Those labels are kind of silly, but we have them and use them — we’re just not always sure why.”
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