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More women experimenting with bisexuality

May I be the first to say: yippee!

(MSNBC) More women — particularly those in their late teens and 20s — are experimenting with bisexuality or at least feel more comfortable reporting same-sex encounters, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The survey, released Thursday by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, found that 11.5 percent of women, ages 18 to 44, said they’ve had at least one sexual experience with another women in their lifetimes, compared with about 4 percent of women, ages 18 to 59, who said the same in a comparable survey a decade earlier.

For women in their late teens and 20s, the percentage rose to 14 percent in the more recent survey.

Remember the old saw about some girls going to college to get their MRS (Mrs.) degree? Apparently this female bisexuality fad has spawned its own cute acronym — LUG.

But some experts who study sexuality say it’s even more likely that many college students simply see experimentation as a rite of passage.

The trend among college women has prompted some sexual behavior experts to light-heartedly refer to the term “LUG,” or “lesbian until graduation,” said Craig Kinsley, a neuroscientist at the University of Richmond who studies the biology of sexual orientation and gender.

So, are more women actually experimenting with their sexuality, or do they feel freer to express what’s always been going on? Are women more naturally bisexual than men, or are men just too stigmatized by society’s rampant homophobia to admit it? Have the high-profile lesbian relationships of Ellen deGeneres, Portia di Rossi, Rosie O’Donnell, Melissa Etheridge and others softened society’s view of lesbian experimentation, any more than female gays have always suffered less slings and arrows than male gays? Do I have any idea what I’m talking about, or am I just using this opportunity to post a sexy picture of two women kissing?

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