9 Stupid Myths About Bisexuals That Will Make You Laugh
You’ve probably heard a lot of stereotypes/jokes about bisexuality, the bastard stepchild of sexual orientations. Most people can’t even agree on a definition of bisexuality, which has led to a lot of confusion, angst and reality shows starring Tila Tequila.
Ironically, part of the reason bisexuality gets a bad rap and why so few people openly identify as such, is because it’s associated with many negative cultural connotations. For our purposes, I’ll define a bisexual as someone who is drawn to emotional and/or sexual relationships with different genders, although terms relating to bisexuality run the gamut and can include descriptors such as “pansexual,” “queer,” “ambisexual,” “omni-sexual,” and “Larry King.”
In this article, I aim to dispel the biggest bisexual misconceptions and stereotypes, shed light on some new ones, and help to document a sexual identity that is often shrugged off as a “phase,” a “gateway,” “homosexuality lite” or “college.”
1. Bisexuals are sluts. Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that I would probably f*ck a jar of Nutella if it looked at me the right way, but just because bisexuals technically have more options for sexual partners doesn’t mean they are more promiscuous. As a friend wrote to me in an email recently, “I’m glad I’m not bisexual because then I’d be rejected by men and women.” Naturally, there are bisexuals who are non-monogamous, and who want to sow their oats into as many Quakers as possible, but the same could be said for every sexual orientation. Perhaps the truer statement is we all have the potential to be slutty, regardless of which way we swing.
- Help! I’m a pansexual stuck in a bisexual body! (addlerotica.wordpress.com)
- Some People Don’t Buy Bisexuality as a Legit Orientation (jezebel.com)
- Bisexuality and feminism + Bisexuals are genderblind (bihelsinkigirl.wordpress.com)
- Bisexuality Seen by Some As Illegitimate, Study Finds (livescience.com)
- Question: What is the difference between bisexuality and pansexuality? (unitethefight.net)