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The American Sociological Association‘s latest study concludes in short: women who are deemed more attractive by societal standards and have been successful at coupling with men are reportedly 100 percent heterosexual. This same study also revealed women who don’t have successful romantic opportunities usually explore other sexual identities because they don’t fit beauty norms. Enter controversy.

To get such results, Dr. Elizabeth Aura McClintock from the University of Notre Dame observed 5,018 women and 4,191 men as they transitioned into adulthood. The results showed women were more fluid with their sexuality when influenced by outsiders: “Women have a greater probability than men of being attracted to both men and women, which gives them greater flexibility in partner choice. Having flexible sexual attractions may grant greater importance to contextual and experiential factors when it comes to sexual identity.”

However, men were found to be more rigid in choosing sexual partners and their physical looks didn’t impact their sexual fluidity. Interestingly enough, the study also noted those who attained multiple degrees identified with sexual orientations other than heterosexuality. Dr. McClintock maintains the study is not to view heterosexual relationships as more valid than same-sex relationships, but to shed light on beauty being a social construct: “ I do not think that women are strategically selecting an advantageous sexual identity or that they can ‘choose’ whether they find men, women, or both sexually attractive. Rather, social context and romantic experience might influence how they perceive and label their sexual identity.”

Do you think there is some truth to this study?

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