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Why Straight Women Dig Women

06/20/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Today's New York Times Thursday Styles section has a very intriguing piece on a recent study conducted by a Dr. Meredith Chivers at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Toronto.

In the study, Dr. Chivers "showed people video clips of naked men and women in various sexual and nonsexual situations and measured their genital arousal."

Heterosexual women, Dr. Chivers and her colleagues found, were no more excited by athletic naked men doing yoga or tossing stones into the ocean than they were by the control footage: long pans of the snowcapped Himalayas. When straight women viewed a video of a naked woman doing calisthenics, on the other hand, their blood flow increased significantly.

So, women find the female body more attractive. Interesting. Yet slightly obvious. But Dr. Chivers' point is that there is "a growing body of scientific evidence that places female sexuality along a continuum between heterosexuality and homosexuality, rather than as an either-or phenomenon."

But, she's also quick to point out that this does not make heterosexual women, well, homosexual.

"To conclude that women are bisexual on the basis of their sexual responding overlooks the complexity and multidimensionality of female sexuality," she wrote in her paper. She did allow that the apparent flexibility of women "may be related to greater potential for bisexuality in women than in men."

What do you think? As a woman, are you more attracted to the female form or the male form? Men, do you ever find yourselves attracted to the male form? It's a happy place here - share your thoughts below!

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