Study: women prefer their partners cheat with other women, not other men

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A University of Texas at Austin study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences suggests that men and women have differing responses to bisexual infidelity. Seven-hundred college students were asked to imagine they were in a three-month romantic and sexual relationship, and how they would respond to infidelity committed by the imaginary partner. The study revealed that sixty percent of men were likely to continue dating a partner who had a homosexual affair, and had a twenty-five percent likelihood of continuing to date a woman after a heterosexual affair. Nothing surprising there. By contrast though, thirty-three percent of women were likely to stay with a man after a heterosexual affair, but would stay with a man after a homosexual tryst only twenty-six percent of the time.

The authors suggest that there is an evolutionary basis to these phenomena, with male fear of cuckoldry behind the disparity between male reaction to heterosexual or bisexual infidelity. Or, in layman's terms, a man is less threatened by his girl watching Ellen than old reruns of Magnum, P.I. Also, with men, it should be noted, lesbian affairs don't pose the risk of pregnancy, and the possibility of a menage a trois may sit tantalizingly in the back of the mind.

The female pattern on the other hand, it's suggested, is explained by women's fear of the loss of intimacy and support, that "homosexual affairs demonstrate a more complete absence of emotional intimacy and satisfaction with one's partner." They also demonstrate that the man is more into penis than vagina, Haggardian drug excuses be damned. Study participants were also asked about the outcomes of real-life episodes of cheating, and the results confirmed the hypothetical findings.