The futile search for ‘physiological evidence’ of male bisexuality: a response to Jabbour et al. (2020)

Engelberg, J., Lawton, S. and Shaw, J. (2021) The futile search for ‘physiological evidence’ of male bisexuality: a response to Jabbour et al. (2020). Psychology of Sexualities Review, 12(2),

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“Robust evidence for bisexual orientation among men” (Jabbour et al., 2020) collates data from eight studies measuring the genital responses of bisexual-identified cisgender men to erotic stimuli. The goal of the article is to provide “empirical verification [of male bisexuality through] physiological processes rather than self-report.” (Jabbour et al., 2020, p. 1). Two questions emerge from this publication. First, is such research necessary? Second, can one physiologically ‘prove’ a sexuality’s existence using the penile plethysmograph (phallometry)? This paper will first discuss some of the scientific inaccuracies and methodological flaws with Jabbour et al. (2020), followed by a critical reflection on the social import of these studies in relation to the medicalisation of sexuality.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Bisexuality, sexology.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lawton, Mr Samuel
Authors: Engelberg, J., Lawton, S., and Shaw, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Research Group:Bisexual Research Group
Journal Name:Psychology of Sexualities Review
Publisher:British Psychological Society
ISSN (Online):2047-1475
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The British Psychological Society
First Published:First published in Psychology of Sexualities Review 12(2)
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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