Study shows that bisexual men exist and that people are machines August 27, 2011Posted by Summerspeaker in Evo psych, Queer politics.
The reductionism and assumptions involved in this study make me a sad panda. The problems of course start with the categories of men and women as well the straight/gay/bisexual conception of sexuality. How do the researchers define any of these things? Then we get to including only folks who conform to cultural norms and have romantic relationships. Finally, sexuality becomes mechanized with a sensor on the penis and simplistic stimulus/response setup.
What about bepenised people who aren’t aroused by either men or women as categories but by specific individuals? What about those who aren’t interested in the particular erotic videos involved or in erotic videos in general? What about folks whose penises don’t consistently jump up on command? What about those whose arousal doesn’t center on an erection or the penis at all? What about people who don’t feel comfortable in the laboratory setting? And on and on. This kind of research might have its place with the manifest uncertainties and complexities acknowledged, but as things stand it reinforces a host of oppressive narratives while undermining one.