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Bisexuality, specfically among women, on the rise, CDC report says


A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that bisexuality in America is on the rise, especially among women, CS Monitor reports.

The new study reported that women were three times as likely as men to be bisexual.

For the study, 9,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 44 were interviewed. Out of the total, 5.5 percent of women and 2 percent of men identified as bisexual.

"I've never seen that figure below 90 percent," Ritch Savin-Williams, a professor of developmental psychology at Cornell University and author of several books on sexual orientation, told NJ Advanced Media referencing the male statistics.

"There's a progression away from, if you will."

In comparison to the statistics recorded a few years ago, the percentage of bisexual males increased by .8 percent as compared to the percentage of bisexual females that witnessed a 40 percent increase.

Dr. Savin-Williams clarified the increase as the new willingness of bisexuals to expose their sexuality as compared to the previous years rather than a larger trend.

 "I never take this as a change in actual sexuality," Savin-Williams said of survey shifts. "I always think of it as reflecting permission - that women now have greater permission to say they have some sexual attraction to other women." 

Debby Herbenick, associate professor at Indiana University and author of the book "Sex Made Easy" told CNN that it is now easier for people to identify and then label themselves as bisexual. 

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