In an effort to determine the evolutionary roots of lesbianism (insert: why..?), a group of researchers at the University of Nicosia are arguing that lesbianism stems from a male's interest in seeing two women bang, according to PinkNews.
The lead researcher of the study, Menelaos Apostolou, has gained quite a bit of skepticism for his argument.
Many have called out his theories for not being supported by the evidence gathered. Still, the assistant professor defended his argument in an interview with PinkNews:
“My argument in the paper is this: A considerable proportion of men desire same-sex attractions in women, and this is one possible reason why many women have such attractions.”
Exactly 1,509 heterosexual participants were surveyed for the study. "How about the lesbians?" you ask. Lesbians surveyed = 0.
That's right. Zip.
Findings revealed that 34.4% of straight male respondents preferred partners who were attracted "predominantly to members of the opposite sex but occasionally of the same sex." Only 7.8% of straight women surveyed gave a similar response.
Researchers argued that part of the reason why men are attracted to women who experience same-sex attraction is to increase the certainty of their parentage over potential offspring.
"A woman, driven by her sexual desires, may seek sexual contact outside of her long-term intimate relationship.
"When this woman has sex with another woman she does not have sex with another man which translates into same-sex contact reducing the risk of cuckoldry," the study, according to Metro, concluded.