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Why More Girls Are Hooking Up...With Girls

Ever been attracted to a fellow femme? Cosmo investigates why more girls are experimenting with bisexuality.

Girlfriends have always formed tight bonds with each other. But lately, a growing number of straight chicks are doing their bed. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 14 percent of women in their late teens and early 20s admit to having had at least one sexual encounter with another woman. Curious about this bedroom trend? We look into the reasons behind the sudden surge in girl-on-girl seduction.

Taboos barely exist anymore.

When was the last time you were really shocked by someone's erotic exploits? Celebrity sex tapes? No biggie. Threesomes? Old news! Internet sex? Whatever. "In today's youth culture, sexual boundaries have shifted," explains Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD, who studies female sexuality at Indiana University. "More specifically, there is less stigma associated with same-sex encounters. As a result, more young women who date men are having sex with their own gender to sate their curiosity and for physical satisfaction."

The hot bed for much of this bi-curiosity is college. In fact, the preponderance of collegiate girl-on-girl sex is so great, it's earned its own monicker: LUGs, which stands for Lesbians Until Graduation. "College is a time when people test their boundaries. For many, that may come to an end with graduation," says Armstrong.

Women's sexuality is more fluid.

It's no big surprise that this open-mindedness is gender-specific. "Straight men aren't as comfortable exploring same-sex relations," says Lisa Diamond, PhD, who studies gender identity at the University of Utah. Think about it: Can you imagine that a group of guys would identify themselves as GUGs (Gays Until Graduation)? Or better yet, picture your boyfriend getting it on with his best bud. Not going to happen. "In part, it's because they're not naturally tender with one another, so that physical transition is a real stretch," says Diamond.

The fact is, it's more of a natural shift for females to make that leap. "Women are highly intimate with one another, and these bonds can easily spill over into erotic feeling and action."

There's been a cultural shift.

Another reason for the increase in same-sex lovin': Hollywood makes it look hot. Consider the hyped bedroom scene between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis in Black Swan, or even the popularity of songs like Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl." Even stars like Angelina Jolie and Drew Barrymore have openly admitted they've bedded other girls in real life...and loved it. "There's a cool factor associated with straight women exploring lesbianism," says Armstrong. "The actions of high-profile role models may set a new standard for what 'hot' straight women do."

If you think you want to find out firsthand what all the hype is about, be sure to explore with someone you trust in an environment where you feel safe and in control.

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