The male bisexuality debate revisited: Some bisexual men have bisexual arousal patterns

A. M. Rosenthal*, David Sylva, Adam Safron, J. Michael Bailey

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Self-identified bisexual men report high sexual arousal to both male and female stimuli, but no study to date has compellingly demonstrated that such men have a bisexual pattern of genital arousal. We examined sexual arousal patterns among bisexual men recruited using stringent criteria designed to exclude those who were less likely to have sexual interest in both sexes. Furthermore, we included a bisexual stimulus depicting a man engaged in sex simultaneously with another man and a woman. On average, the bisexual men showed a bisexual arousal pattern, with respect to both self-reported and genital arousal. Additionally, the bisexual men were more aroused by the bisexual stimulus compared with the homosexual and heterosexual men. Some bisexual-identified men have bisexual genital arousal patterns, although it remains unclear how common they are.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-147
Number of pages13
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012


  • Male bisexuality
  • Monosexual
  • Penile plethysmography
  • Sexual arousal patterns
  • Sexual orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)


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