, Volume 40, Issue 6, pp 1297-1300
Date: 16 Sep 2011

In Search of Something Our Study Was Not About: Response to Bailey, Rieger, and Rosenthal (2011)

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Bailey, Rieger, and Rosenthal (2011) go at great lengths to try and convince readers that our study (Cerny & Janssen, 2011) failed to demonstrate what it set out to do. However, our study did not set out to do what they claim it set out to do. In fact, Bailey et al. misrepresent the goals, analyses, and conclusions of our study. The goal of our study was not to demonstrate that bisexual men respond with substantial genital arousal to both male and female stimuli. The purpose of our study was to determine if men with different sexual orientations show differential genital and subjective arousal patterns to video presentations of bisexual, heterosexual, and homosexual sexual interactions. The genital response analyses did not consist of “two main analyses” but of one single mixed-model analysis. And our conclusions were not about something Bailey et al. like to refer to as “bisexual arousal.” Instead, we concluded that bisexuality in men was associated with a unique and sp ...