Viewing time measures of sexual orientation in samoan cisgender men who engage in sexual interactions with Fa'afafine

Lanna J. Petterson, Barnaby J. Dixson, Anthony C. Little, Paul L. Vasey

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Abstract

Androphilia refers to attraction to adultmales, whereas gynephilia refers to attraction to adult females. The current study employed self-report and viewing time (response time latency) measures of sexual attraction to determine the sexual orientation of Samoan cisgender men (i.e., males whose gender presentation and identity is concordant with their biological sex) who engage in sexual interactions with transgender male androphiles (known locally as fa'afafine) compared to: (1) Samoan cisgender men who only engage in sexual interactions with women, and (2) fa'afafine. As expected, both measures indicated that cisgender men who only engaged in sexual interactions with women exhibited a gynephilic pattern of sexual attraction, whereas fa'afafine exhibited an androphilic one. In contrast, both measures indicated that cisgendermen who engaged in sexual interactions with fa'afafine demonstrated a bisexual pattern of sexual attraction. Most of the cisgender men who exhibited bisexual viewing times did not engage in sexual activity with both men and women indicating that the manner in which bisexual patterns of sexual attraction manifest behaviorally vary from one culture to the next.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0116529
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2015

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