James W. Hicks, M.D.

Flex Test Findings

In Research on August 5, 2011 at 8:23 am

I’ve just begun to analyze some of the data collected since the automated version of the Flexuality Test was launched in April 2011.

About 5,500 people have taken the automated test.

57% identified as female, 41% as male, and 2% as other.

50% identified as heterosexual at the start of the test, 26% as bisexual, and 16% as homosexual.

(In analyzing the following results, I counted a sexual type as present if the score was greater than 5 out of 10. Results add up to more than 100% because more than one sexual type may be present in any given individual, reflecting the intentional overlap between categories.)

Among women, 47% were ambisexual, 43% were heteroflexible, 26% were flexamorous, 22% were straight, 7% were lesbian, and 4% were queer. As far as sexual traits, 11% had restrained features, 8% were transitioning, 4% were metamorphic, and 3% were supersexual. None were macho, and less than 1% were versatile.

Among men, 31% were straight, 30% were ambisexual, 17% were gay, 12% were flexamorous, 9% were heteroflexible, and 5% were queer. For sexual traits, 17% were restrained, 7% were supersexual, 7% were transitioning, 4% were metamorphic, 2% were versatile, and 1% were macho.

Among those who identified as something other than male or female (e.g., trans, genderqueer, etc.), 58% were ambisexual, 57% were flexamorous, 14% were queer, 12% were gay, and 3% were straight, with reference to their gender of birth. Only 53% scored as having metamorphic traits, which suggests that my scoring of that trait may not give enough weight to each of the different ways in which an individual may feel other-gendered.

Those who have taken the test do not constitute a random or controlled sample, and men and women may have learned about the test from different sources. Nevertheless, it is interesting that women were much more likely to score in the bisexual spectrum (especially heteroflexible, ambisexual, or flexamorous), even though their self-identification at the start of the test was similar to men’s. Relative to the other bisexual types, the flexamorous profile did not stand out as a particularly female presentation, challenging the sterotype that women are more interested in relationships. However, there were more supersexual, macho, and versatile men compared to women.

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  1. why is that men are always less heteroflex than women, please can you give detail professional scientific respond

    • I think more is at stake for men. There is more condemnation for men who do not fit cultural expectations for masculinity (including being straight) than for women who stray from feminine expectations (by being a tomboy, for example). And the data from demographic studies suggests men have bought into the idea that one must be either gay or straight. A greater proportion of women are comfortable with not defining themselves that way.

      • agree,but there is also this new phenomenon now going on among young men about defining themselves mostly straight,do you think men now are breaking away from traditional labels. thanks

      • I think so, based on anecdotal evidence. We may see more evidence of this in future demographic studies, if we focus on the younger age groups. The trend is currently more evident among women. I’m refering to how they define themselves, not their behavior, since same sex contact between young men has always been common.

  2. Hm… Well, considering that this test is far more than JUST self-reporting, it seems quite intriguing that WOMEN got a lot more bisexual answers than men. It seems that even THIS test perhaps can’t “truly eliminate” the cultural conditioning biases for men and women when it comes to internalized feelings about homosexual behavior (to say the least). Of course, on the flip side, if more men simply JUST DON’T FEEL AS “GAY” AS WOMEN regularly… could there be a specific genetic or biological component to this?? I wonder…

    After all, if it were “ok” culturally to kiss another guy in public just as it is for women without any repercussions, WOULD a lot more men do it?? Would they, in fact, experiment a lot more often, or are the women ACTUALLY more able to do what they’ve always felt simply because of pure sexual attraction, and the cultural acceptance in Western societies

    Fund that kind of study. Someone somewhere 😉

  3. I feel I may be, ambisexual I haven’t experienced sex with a women but, I have fallen in love with one and been in a relationship with one and I was happy but at the same time I couldn’t be without a bloke. What do you think I’d be on the flexi test and how do I do it?? Xxx

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