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More Swedish Women Having Sex With Other Women

Research out of Malmo University in Sweden suggests that young Swedish men and women have progressive ideas about sex, sexuality and sexual diversity. According to The Local, an online study of 855 young people between the ages of 18 and 24 reveals that 31 percent of females 7 percent of males report that they are most often sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex, but sometimes they are attracted to people of their own gender.

With regard to fantasy, 39 percent of young women and 8 percent of young men report having sexual fantasies about both sexes. In terms of acting on these fantasies, young women were more likely to do so, with 13 percent of female respondents reporting that they have had sex with both men and women. American research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that while 11 percent of women have had same-sex sexual experiences, 90 percent identify as heterosexual, 2.8 percent identify as bisexual, 1.3 percent identify as “homosexual” and 3.8 percent identify as “something else.”

“We are seeing a greater openness among young people, particularly among young women. There is an increasing interest in experimenting and pushing boundaries, and a growing resistance to defining oneself as heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual,” says sociological researcher Sven-Axel Månsson. “Girls are less bound by norms than guys are; it is not as taboo for them to have sex with (other women).”

The study does not explore the reasons behind women’s greater openness to sexual fluidity, but some theories suggest a “compulsory bisexuality” for women, particularly in performance-based social settings. Månsson suggests another explanation: "Many no longer wish to be tied in to rigid sexual identities, they want to be open and free as people and as sexual beings. That is my interpretation.”

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