Young Swedish women show 'sexual fluidity'

Feb. 17, 2010 at 12:23 AM
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MALMO, Sweden, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Young Swedes -- particularly women -- have more fluid definitions than others of sex and sexuality, researchers at Malmo University said.

Sven-Axel Mansson, a Malmo University sociology professor, and colleague Kristian Daneback, said young women are more likely to pursue sexual activities with others of the same gender, the Local reported.

"We are seeing a greater openness among young people, particularly among young women," Mansson told the newspaper Dagens Nyheter. "There is an increasing interest in experimenting and pushing boundaries, and a growing resistance to defining oneself as heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual."

The researchers surveyed 855 young people ages 18-24 in an online questionnaire.

Thirty-one percent of young women and 7 percent of young men said they were most often sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex, but sometimes they were attracted to people of their own gender, while 39 percent of the women and 8 percent of the men reported having sexual fantasies about both genders.

Thirteen percent of female respondents and 3 percent of male respondents reported they have had sex with both men and women.

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