Ever watch two women make out because some dude is watching—or because said dude asked them to? Well, a controversial new study that looked into the origins of lesbianism actually suggests that every time women go at it with one another, they’re doing it to seduce a man.

The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, hypothesized that lesbianism started because “of men’s excitement at the thought of women being attracted to one another,” according to Pink News.

Researchers surveyed a group of 1,509 heterosexual adults and found that around half of the male participants said they’d become sexually aroused if their opposite-sex partners told them they were attracted to women. Around 34 percent of male participants would prefer a romantic partner who is usually into “predominantly members of the opposite-sex but occasionally of the same-sex.” Only 7.8 percent of female participants answered in that way.

The reason for this? According to the study, men wouldn’t mind their partners getting with other women because that way they wouldn’t have to worry about paternity with any illegitimate children—if a woman is cheating on a man with another woman and she becomes pregnant, the child is obviously the man’s.

The paper states: “A woman, driven by her sexual desires, may seek sexual contact outside of her long-term intimate relationship. When this woman has sex with another woman she does not have sex with another man which translates into same-sex contact reducing the risk of cuckoldry.”

Further, the study found that in short-term relationships, around 30 percent of men would be okay with their partner sleeping with another woman. In long-term relationships, only about 15 percent of men felt that way.

Lead researcher, Apostolou, told Pink News, “My argument in the paper is this: A considerable proportion of men desire same-sex attractions in women, and this is one possible reason why many women have such attractions.”

It comes to no surprise that this study was met with a lot of skepticism because, well, it fetishizes lesbians. We’re not sold, but it certainly is a different way of looking at things…

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