Tuesday, July 05, 2005

I'll take that with meatballs

Your blogstress begs the forgiveness of her readers. Yes, your cybertrix is aware of all manner of Very Important Matters on which she should be writing (for instance, the prosecutor in the Plame leak case making Time reporter Matt Cooper testify before a grand jury even though his feckless boss, Norman Pearlstine, forked Cooper's notes over to the court. Presumed to be in those notes is the name of the administration official who leaked to Cooper the information that Valerie Plame, wife of diplomat and Bush critic Joseph Wilson, was employed by the CIA.) But what is there really to say? That the republic has broken down? We knew that already.

So, instead your Webwench delights in the weirdness of a story in today's New York Times about a scientific study that set out to discover whether or not male bisexuals actually exist. The scientists made their determination (essentially, that there does not, so far, appear to be any such creature as a male bisexual), by conducting a "Clockwork Orange" sort of exercise on a group of men: some claimed to be gay, some claimed to be heterosexual and some claimed to be bisexual.

The scientists attached probes to the subjects' genitals and then showed them pornography. The porn featured either an all-female or all-male cast. According to the study, almost nobody responded to both types of porn, thereby eliminating the notion of "true" bisexuality, whatever that is. However, one-third of the subjects had no genital response to either genre of pornography, so, presumably, one-third of all men are asexual--or badly need to refill the Levitra prescription.

Almost as an aside, the story, Straight, Gay or Lying? Bisexuality Revisited, by Benedict Carey, cites a study by Dr. Lisa Diamond, an associate professor of psychology and gender identity at the University of Utah, that examined the sexual habits of women who claimed to be bisexual (as well as those of self-described lesbians and straight women). Seems that the weaker sex is a bit more gender-inclusive in its sexual range.

"Most of them seem to lean one way or the other, but that doesn't preclude them from having a relationship with the nonpreferred sex," [Diamond] said. "You may be mostly interested in women but, hey, the guy who delivers the pizza is really hot, and what are you going to do?"

Why, the pizza delivery guy, of course.

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