Participants read a fake news story about college dating that made it seem like there weren't many available men.
In that instance, women were more willing to accept gay men's dating advice.
Although being bisexual doesn’t necessarily mean you’re equally attracted to multiple genders, it does seem feasible that these sorts of concerns could push a person with fluid attractions in the direction deemed more socially acceptable.
It isn’t difficult to imagine that for some, the promise of a bit more social currency and safety could be compelling reasons to seek out an opposite-sex partner, even unconsciously.
Americans have a well-documented tendency to drastically overestimate the percentage of queer folks among us.
Specifically, I believe evolutionary psychology and human mating can help explain why relationships between straight women and gay men tend to flourish.
At first glance, this explanation may seem quite counterintuitive.
And yet, dating a man who identifies as bisexual remains a taboo.
A few taps of Google drags up countless pieces dissecting the question ‘would you date a bisexual guy?
Out of all the possibilities, straight women believed gay men were more trustworthy—at turns out, when it comes to questions about family, career, and more—they didn't.
Curious about optimal conditions for a friendship between straight women and gay men, Russell conducted two additional experiments.
"It is important that women don’t just value gay men for their ability to provide good dating advice.
Straight women should build upon their valuation on gay men’s advice and see what other things they can bring to the table in their friendship.
But with society’s attitudes toward gays and lesbians changing, it’s become all the more important to build a holistic understanding of the relationships between gay and straight people.