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Notable Findings: Upwards of 90 percent of the population is attracted to both sexes at some point; the terms "gay," "straight," and "bisexual" are misleading for most people, except as affiliations.  People who call themselves gay or bisexual experience little or no distress when their actual sexual inclinations don't match their sexual orientation labels, but people who call themselves straight often experience great distress when there is a mismatch, presumably because of the enormous pressure in our society to be straight.

Tests

http://MySexualOrientation.com (English)

http://MiOrientacionSexual.com (Spanish)

http://MeineSexuelleIdentitat.com (German)

http://MonOrientationSexuelle.com (French)

http://MySexualOrientation.com/jp (Japanese)

http://SeksueleGeaardheid.com (Dutch)

http://SzexualisOrientaciom.com (Hungarian)

http://MioOrientamentoSessuale.com (Italian)

http://MySexualOrientation.com/chinese/simplified (Simplified Chinese)

http://MySexualOrientation.com/chinese/traditional (Traditional Chinese)

http://MySexualOrientation.com/Arabic (Arabic)

http://MySexualOrientation.com/malay (Malay)

http://MySexualOrientation.com/Korean (Korean)

Other translations are in progress.

Recent Publications

Epstein, R. (2016, Spring).  Do gays have a choice? Scientific American Mind, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 56-63. (Updated version of 2006 article)

 

 

Epstein, R. (2015, March 27). Preventing another "Sodomite Suppression Act" [Letter]. Los Angeles Times, p. A16.

Epstein, R., & Robertson, R. E. (2014). How to measure sexual orientation range, and why it’s worth measuringJournal of Bisexuality, 14, 392-404.

Epstein, R, McKinney, P., Fox, S., & Garcia, C. (2012). Support for a fluid-continuum model of sexual orientation: A large-scale Internet study. Journal of Homosexuality, 59, 1356-1381.


Epstein, R. (2012, October). Sex and the societyDiscover, pp. 56-58.


Epstein, R. (2012, November 28). Homophobia, homomisia, and the Associated Presshttp://commpro.biz.

 

Epstein, R. (2007, October/November). Smooth thinking about sexuality: “Gay” and “straight” are misleading termsScientific American Mind,  p. 14.

Epstein, R. (2006, February/March).  Do gays have a choice? Scientific American Mind, pp. 32-39. (Reprinted in Scientific American Special Issue, 20(3), 2009, pp. 62-69)

Recent Presentations

Epstein, R., Robertson, R.E., & Hyun, S. (2016, April). Calling oneself “straight” can be stressful: Insights from a large multinational study of sexual orientation.  Paper presented at the 96th annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, CA.

Robertson, R.E., & Epstein, R. (2014, April). Are we underestimating non-heterosexual prevalence?  The critical role of survey methodology.   Paper presented at the 94th annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, Oregon

Epstein, R., & Robertson, R.E. (2013, November).  A quantitative analysis of the mismatch between sexual orientation labels and various measures of sexual expression.  Presented at the 56th annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, San Diego, California.

Epstein, R., & Robertson, R.E. (2013, November). How to measure sexual orientation range, and why it’s worth measuring.  Presented at the 56th annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, San Diego, California.

                        
Epstein, R., & Robertson, R. E. (2013, November). How to measure sexual orientation prevalence without underestimating the prevalence of non-heterosexuals.  Presented at the 56th annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, San Diego, California.

Epstein, R., & Robertson, R.E. (2013, April). The inadequacy of sexual orientation labels: Lessons from a large-scale study. Presented at the 93rd annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Reno, Nevada.

Epstein, R. (2009, May). Sexual orientation lies smoothly on a continuum: New data and evolutionary implications. Presented at the 21st annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Fullerton, CA.

Epstein, R.  (2007, November).  Sexual orientation lies smoothly on a continuum: Verification and extension of Kinsey’s hypothesis in a large-scale study. Presented at the 50th annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, co-sponsored by The Kinsey Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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