Subscriber Account active since. Now, we have a better idea of what they are thinking about, thanks to a recently published study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. A team of researchers at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres asked a pool of 1, men and women, living in the province of Quebec, what they fantasized about sexually. The participants were anywhere from 18 to 77 years old, and the average age was 30 years. Though the answers are not from a culturally diverse group, they still offer an interesting sample. Of the men studied, 1. We describe the full study here.
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Anna Hart reveals the tribulations of being attracted to both men and women. I was 19 when I realised that my sexuality wasn't as straightforward as I'd thought. You thought you knew yourself. Turns out you don't, HA! She had red hair, sang in a band and had an encyclopaedic knowledge of John Waters movies, and we fell hard and fast for each other. My feelings were simple: she was amazing, I was lucky, we were in love. The complicated bit was deciding what to tell people about it. Coming out as gay, while far from easy, wouldn't have been a serious problem; my friends and family are thoroughly open-minded and loving. The snag is I knew I wasn't gay: my first love had been a year-old boy.
Perhaps that heavy focus, along with homophobia in the black community, is what led to the belief in the down-low phenomenon, according to which duplicitous and sinister bisexual men are sleeping with men and also having unprotected sex with women. And while so many in the African-American community buy into this myth, science demonstrates that that just isn't so. The down low is not fueling the HIV epidemic among black women. So, if it's not about men on the down low and the main source of HIV transmission among black women is heterosexual contact, at what point are we going to address the elephant in the room? In order to fully address this epidemic head on, we have to include heterosexual African-American men. But how do we go about doing this given the stigma and homophobia in the black community? What work is being done now that is making an impact among this demographic?
Meredith Chivers is a creator of bonobo pornography. The bonobo film was part of a series of related experiments she has carried out over the past several years. She showed the short movie to men and women, straight and gay. To the same subjects, she also showed clips of heterosexual sex, male and female homosexual sex, a man masturbating, a woman masturbating, a chiseled man walking naked on a beach and a well-toned woman doing calisthenics in the nude. While the subjects watched on a computer screen, Chivers, who favors high boots and fashionable rectangular glasses, measured their arousal in two ways, objectively and subjectively. The participants sat in a brown leatherette La-Z-Boy chair in her small lab at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, a prestigious psychiatric teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, where Chivers was a postdoctoral fellow and where I first talked with her about her research a few years ago. The genitals of the volunteers were connected to plethysmographs — for the men, an apparatus that fits over the penis and gauges its swelling; for the women, a little plastic probe that sits in the vagina and, by bouncing light off the vaginal walls, measures genital blood flow. An engorgement of blood spurs a lubricating process called vaginal transudation: the seeping of moisture through the walls. The participants were also given a keypad so that they could rate how aroused they felt.