The Science Of Same-Sex Attraction

The Science Of Same-Sex Attraction

Why are some people attracted to persons of a different sex, whereas others are attracted to persons of the same sex? Scientists have been searching for an answer to this question for decades. We are far from having any sort of definitive answer, but a growing body of research suggests that biological factors likely play a big role. In addition, it appears unlikely that sexual orientation can be reduced to a single cause--in other words, there may be a series of different pathways that can lead to homosexuality and bisexuality.

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Infographic: Same-Sex Marriage Around The World

Infographic: Same-Sex Marriage Around The World

People and governments across the globe have been working to legalize same-sex marriage for the last 15 years. At first, the rate of legalization was best described as a slow trickle; however, the movement has picked up steam recently. The infographic below offers a look at where things currently stand and highlights some of the important milestones along the way.

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Born Both Ways: Is It Evolutionarily Adaptive For Women To Have A Fluid Sexuality?

Same-sex behavior has long been a conundrum for evolutionary psychologists. From an evolutionary standpoint, a trait cannot evolve unless it is linked to reproductive success (i.e., it has to help us pass our genes along to future generations). However, same-sex activity obviously limits one’s ability to reproduce, so why does it persist in the population? Most explanations I have seen to date have focused on providing an explanation for why male same-sex behavior is adaptive (e.g., the "gay uncle hypothesis," which says that having a gay uncle is adaptive because they provide resources to care for their nieces and nephew). In contrast, female same-sex behavior has largely been left out of the picture…until now. A new paper published in Evolutionary Psychology lays out a hypothesis for why women seem to have evolved a fluid or “flexible” sexuality.
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Are People In Monogamous Relationships More Satisfied?

It is a widely held belief that people in sexually monogamous relationships are happier and healthier than their non-monogamous counterparts. For instance, when asked to describe the benefits of monogamy, most people say that being sexually exclusive promotes trust, meaningfulness, and commitment.1 But is this the case in reality? Are monogamous couples really the most emotionally fulfilled and committed to one another? According to a new study published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, the association between monogamy and relationship outcomes depends upon the partners’ level of attachment anxiety.
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