A new study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, points out in fact that many adolescents who identify themselves as lesbian or bisexual are not aware of the risk of contracting STDs when having sex with other girls.
Lesbian and bisexual women are much more likely to get diseases than heterosexual women
The reason? Possibly, the authors warn, everything is due to the fact that sex education today is too heteronormative. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bisexual women are much more likely to get sick than heterosexuals.
The latest research on the subject was led by researchers from the Center for Innovative Public Health Research in California, and involved researchers from the University of British Columbia and New York University. The survey included 160 lesbian and bisexual girls between 14 and 18 years old. The moderators asked them a series of questions. The responses of the young women were then analyzed thoroughly.
The researchers discovered that the girls were generally reluctant to use protection during sexual intercourse, as they thought the pleasure was reduced. While they were often aware that those in long-term relationships should have STI controls, they also thought that girls were more likely to be STI-free than men, so having sex between them was safer.
Jennifer Wolowic, a youth health researcher at the University of British Columbia and co-author of the study, said the team was surprised by the participants’ lack of knowledge when it came to practicing safe sex with female partners: “This is because Sex education programs are focused on heterosexuality. ”
Numerous investigations have shown that bisexual girls have more chances of unwanted pregnancies
“When we asked why, many told us they did not find their sex education programs very informative, if they had one, and when they asked questions, the heterosexual approach made them feel uncomfortable,” Wolowic said.
In addition, past research has shown that lesbian and bisexual girls actually have more chances of unwanted pregnancies during adolescence, often because they are less likely to use contraception. This, together with the latest research, highlights the importance of sex education and the need to update it.
The new feminine sexuality
The existence of a sexual education oriented to bisexual and homosexual women (and men) is of crucial importance, especially since the number has not stopped increasing in recent years. According to data collected by the National Statistical Office of Great Britain in 2015, females that are considered “non-heterosexual” are more those that qualify themselves as bisexual (0.8%) than lesbians (0.7%).
This other study, published in the ‘Journal of Personality and Social Psychology’, goes further: it ensures that the vast majority of women are not heterosexual, but are attracted to other women. The same premise is signed by researchers from the University of Essex, who reached the same conclusion: that they are lesbian or bisexual, but rarely heterosexual.
“Despite the fact that most women identify as heterosexual, our research clearly shows that in terms of sexual arousal, they are not telling the truth: they are lesbian or bisexual, but almost never heterosexual,” said one of the authors. of the study.
A research of more time, of 2011, carried out by the State University of Boise (the United States), sentenced that 60% of the women who say to be heterosexual, are attracted by other women.
As we can see, there are many studies on the subject that reveal a new feminine sexuality that requires a specific and updated education.