, Volume 40, Issue 6, pp 1293-1295
Date: 28 May 2011

Still in Search of Bisexual Sexual Arousal: Comment on Cerny and Janssen (2011)

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In a recent article, Cerny and Janssen (2011) reported the results of an empirical study comparing sexual arousal patterns of bisexual men with those of homosexual and heterosexual men. They concluded: “…bisexuality in men is associated with a unique and specific pattern of sexual arousal.” This conclusion contrasted with that of Rieger, Chivers, and Bailey (2005), who conducted a similar study with a larger sample and failed to find evidence that their bisexual sample had an arousal pattern that was unique, specific or bisexual. Rather, Rieger et al. found that bisexual men were no more likely to exhibit a pattern of bisexual genital arousal than were heterosexual or homosexual men, and that few men in any group had a genital arousal pattern that was plausibly bisexual (i.e., showing substantial arousal to both male and female stimuli).

Cerny and Janssen (2011) supported their conclusion—that bisexual men have a unique, bisexual arousal pattern—using two main analyses. The first (hence