A male scientist has been vilified after saying he had solved one of the mysteries of evolution – why large numbers of heterosexual women find other women sexually attractive. Menelaos Apostolou, from the University of Cyprus, says it is because men find it a turn-on to have a partner who is sexually attracted to other women. Same-sex attraction in straight women has continued because men are happy to have female partners who also fancy the same sex. The trait makes them less likely to cheat with other men, Professor Apostolou claimed. But critics poured scorn on the study.
A controversial university study has come under fire for claiming that lesbian and bisexual attraction exists because'men think it's hot'. The offending report was published on Science Direct by Menelaos Apostolou, an assistant professor at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. In his paper entitled'The evolution of female same-sex attraction: The male choice hypothesis', Apostolous comes to the conclusion that same-sex attraction in women stems from male desire - all based on his poll of 1,509 men. The academic went on to say in an interview that a'considerable proportion of men desire same-sex attractions in women', which he cites as a'possible reason' why women have them. But Apostolou's paper was met with derision on Twitter, with critics questioning why'not a single actual lesbian participated in the study'.
The ancient ancestors of all modern animals - including humans - may have been bisexual and engaged in homosexual acts, rather than purely heterosexual as previously thought, a new study has revealed. Homosexuality in animals is widespread and new research from Yale University suggests it may have been part of animal behaviour from the beginning. The sexual activity of more than 1,500 different animal species - including crabs, snakes, monkeys and cows - has been studied by scientists as part of efforts to find out why homosexuality persists'despite not having an obvious evolutionary benefit'. Researchers believe that rather than evolving after heterosexuality as previously thought, homosexual behaviour was part of our earliest DNA. 'If any trait other than homosexuality had been observed in such a diverse array of species it would be widely accepted as being part of our ancestral DNA rather than something that evolved later,' says Julia Monk, the first author on the paper.
"A boy can cry to give vent to his feelings. He can also be soft-spoken or shy. Being rude and insensitive is not a sign of masculinity," reads the instruction manual of a health kit issued by the Indian government. They can feel attraction for a friend or any individual of the same or opposite sex..." Now, this is unprecedented, inspiring and perhaps long overdue. SEE ALSO: ELLE's new video challenging gender stereotypes is going viral for all the right reasons For India, a country where sexual activity between members of the same gender is illegal, it is a huge deal when the government makes these statements.
Savannah is 12 years old, a Mormon, and a lesbian. In May, Savannah (Mashable is withholding her last name for privacy) came out to her Utah congregation during a testimony -- a public declaration of faith and belief. Given the Mormon church's complicated and often oppressive view of same-sex desire and attraction, coming out was a risk that took courage well beyond her years. "I believe I was made the way I am, all parts of me, by my heavenly parents," she says in a video of the moment. "They did not mess up when they gave me brown eyes, or when I was born bald.