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#23 – Straight-ish

What does it mean when someone identifies as “mostly-straight?”

In episode 23, we talk to Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams about sexual fluidity and the Kinsey scale.

Ever since the development of the Kinsey scale for sexual orientation, there has been significant research on sexual fluidity. While some easily self-identify as gay, straight, bisexual, or pansexual, there are others who’s sexual orientation isn’t as clearly defined by society. Some folks feel as though they are “mostly” gay or straight, but many confuse this concept with bisexuality. On this week’s episode Dr. Zhana and Joe spoke with Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams  on his extensive research on sexual fluidity, specifically those who are considered “mostly-straight.”

About Our Guest

Dr. Ritch C. Savin-Williams, Professor Emeritus at Cornell University, has written Bisexual Young Men [draft], Mostly Straight: Sexual Fluidity among Men (2017), Becoming Who I Am: Young Men on Being Gay (2016), and The New Gay Teenager (2005). He is a licensed clinical psychologist and has served as an expert witness on same-sex marriage, gay adoption, and Boy Scout court cases. Dr. Savin-Williams has consulted for media outlets such as MTV, 20/20, Oprah Winfrey, The Today Show, National Geographic, National Public Radio, Rolling Stone, Time, New York Times, and Washington Post. Dr. Savin-Williams blogs on Sex/Romance for Psychology Today.

Don’t Miss This Week’s Foreplay

According to Dr. Helen Fischer from the Kinsey Institute, men who own dogs get more dates. Owning a dog shows that you are responsible and are able to care for someone other than yourself. Various studies have backed up this claim, including one done in 1992 that found subjects in photographs were rated as happier and more likable when they posed with a dog. Also, a 2013 study found men who were described to volunteers as only interested in short-term flings were more likely to be seen as potential long-term lovers if they owned a dog.

Afterglow

According to the people at YouPorn, 24% of straight guys say they’ve watched GAY porn. And 39% of women have seen lesbian porn. They also found that 65% of men and 59% of women have watched videos on their site with their significant other.






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