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The study does exist, however, and if we were content to read only the conclusion, we could rightly frown: women who develop a sexual attraction to other women would do so … because that excites men. This is really what the four researchers in evolutionary psychology from the University of Nicosia in Cyprus (three men and one woman) concluded in their article published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

This conclusion could, of course, be given the benefit of the doubt if one chose to assume that all hypotheses deserve equal consideration in science. But that would ignore the paragraph on the methodology of the study, which appears below: it was conducted from interviews with 1,509 heterosexuals. In other words, the researchers did a study on the behavior of homosexual women without interviewing a single one.

In addition, the study was put online in May 2017. This does not prevent it from recently triggering a few offended reactions on Twitter. She was also set in flames by blogger Rebecca Watson in 2019 (who had just heard about it on Twitter), and by sociologist Zuleyka Zevallos in 2018. In addition to being ridiculed in the blog of Annals of improbable research in June 2017. And to be the subject of a few press articles in 2017.

In other words, the study seems to resurface in Twitter’s algorithm at irregular intervals, noted Rebecca Watson, each time provoking a new cycle of offended reactions, coupled with a little embarrassment for the authors and for anyone who authorized this research. .

The trick of Rumor Detector

If in doubt about an astonishing conclusion, look for the paragraph in the study that describes the sample —en. in other words, to whom or what was the study conducted.

As the Rumor Detector wrote it here, if it were a research on a future drug, it would be obvious that a study does not have the same value if it was carried out only on mice, rather than on humans. The equivalent in the field of psychology research is a group of people so unrepresentative that it does not allow relevant conclusions to be drawn.

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