James W. Hicks, M.D.

The NEW Flexuality Test!

In Announcements, The Flex Test on January 23, 2011 at 7:07 am

Yesterday I launched the new version of the Flexuality Test for 2011.

The new test is considerably shorter; it has just one part and takes only about 5 mins. to complete. I was able to shorten the test by dispensing with the “flexuality score,” a global measure of sexual flexibility based on a broad survey of all relevant attitudes, constraints, experiences, and desires. Each of those factors is explored in the new version of the test, but not so exhaustively. I kept those questions which were most useful in distinguishing the test-taker’s sexual type.

Those of you who took the original test may wonder if it is worth your while to take the new version. Please feel free. You will recognize many of the same questions, and the new questions cover similar ground. But I have tried to further tease out the ways in which sexual feelings may be experienced differently towards men and women, and this is reflected in the focus of some questions and the weighting of items in the final scoring.

I have revised the scoring of the sexual profile. I hope that the more nuanced questions about sexual desire will better distinguish between overlapping categories like “ambisexual,” “polyamorous” (now called “flexamorous”, revised 4-7-11) and “queer.” The revised scoring allows for features of more than one sexual type to be present. For example, you could score as “queer with polyamorous traits,” if you are predominantly attracted to the same sex but also very open to forming a romantic partnership with someone of the opposite sex.

Before I lay the “flexuality score” to rest, here’s one final graph which illustrates that those who consider themselves bisexual have, on average, greater flexibility than those who self-identify as gay or straight. Not a surprise.

  1. I guess this is the best spot to make this observation: My results are “Ambisexual/Supersexual” (and Thank You Very Much!). But your test is somewhat limited to the traditional bi-gender male-female orientation. There’s no questions about sex with transsexuals/transgender (my specialty). I’d think your core demographic would be much more nuanced on these issues. INCLUSION!

  2. Also you PRESUME “sex” to mean “intercourse” with (a) partner(s), but you are not explicit in this bias. In the interest of objective scientific inquiry, I think that needs to be addressed openly and pointed out.

    • I’m not sure how you define intercourse, but I certainly don’t consider sex to be limited to penetration, if that’s what you mean.

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