Bisexuality is a sexual orientation that is interested in both men and women. For some people, this may sound like a super ability - double romantic choice means double chance, right? However, bisexuality is a bit embarrassing. Bisexuals are not heterosexual, so it is hard to think that they belong to the majority in sexual orientation. On the other hand, they are often considered heterosexual, especially when they have heterosexual partners, which sometimes makes it difficult for them to feel their association with the LGBT community.
Most importantly, bisexuality is easily misunderstood. There are many rumors and prejudices about bisexuality, some of which even contradict each other. Heterosexuals and LGBT people may hold these prejudices, which makes it more difficult for bisexuals to integrate into the two groups. Fortunately, more and more researchers have become interested in bisexuality in recent years, and research has improved our understanding of bisexuality. Here are three examples of how science can combat misconceptions about bisexuality。
Rumor 1: bisexuality does not exist
I think this rumor is especially ridiculous: how can you tell a group of people that they do not exist? However, the idea that all people are heterosexual or homosexual is widespread, especially among men. Sadly, even in the most tolerant circles towards LGBT, you can sometimes hear the saying " there is no such thing as bisexual men".
In a recent study, researchers have completely overturned this rumor. They called together some heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual men to broadcast several pornographic movie clips for them. The subjects were asked not only to assess their subjective feelings aroused by these fragments, but also to connect physiological devices to measure changes in the circumference of their penis .
As expected, heterosexual men have significantly higher subjective feelings and sexual excitement when watching movies performed by women than when watching movies performed by men, while homosexual men have the opposite situation. However, the extent to which bisexual men are aroused by male and female images is relatively close. They were also aroused to a higher extent by bi-sexual videos - two male and one female stars - than the other two groups. Importantly, these differences are reflected in their own reported arousal levels and fairly objective sexual arousal data. Therefore, it is obvious from this study that these people are not " pretending" to be bisexual.
Rumor 2: bisexuality is only a stage
This rumor portrays bisexuality as an experimental stage or a state of confusion - usually during college. After that, bisexuality will still determine their " real" identity .
Lisa diamond has done some very complicated work on this topic.during this time, she observed women's gender identity for a long time. In a paper, she reported a group of women she has been paying close attention to for more than a decade.
The results of the study clearly show that bisexuality is not a transitional phase: at the end of the study, only a small number of women who were identified as bisexuality changed their identity to heterosexual or homosexual ( only 8 % ). However, the orientation of bisexual women is always changing with time. During the ten-year research cycle, their level of interest in both sexes has been continuously decreasing.
Rumor 3: bisexuals will not be loyal to their partners
This rumor is probably the most vicious. It stems from the fact that a partner cannot fully satisfy the thoughts of people who are interested in both sexes. Some people think that sooner or later they will crave people with different sex from their partners. For example, people tend to think that bisexuals are more likely to cheat their partners than heterosexual and homosexual people.
In fact, many bisexuals have a happy pair-to-pair relationship with their partners. For example, at the end of Dr diamond's 10 - year study, as many as 89 % of bisexual women were in a long-term monogamous relationship. In addition, regarding bisexuals who wish to have multiple sexual partners, research shows that they often reach this goal by negotiating with their partners to establish open relationships, instead of acting privately behind their partners' backs. I can't find any research to support the idea that bisexuals are less loyal or honest than other people of sexual orientation.
To sum up, the research field of bisexuality, which is still small in scale but developing continuously, has a bright future. It not only dispelled many rumors and misconceptions surrounding bisexuality, but also provided interesting insights into sexual activities in general. Unlike popular culture or other sources such as the media, scientific research believes that bisexuality is a relatively stable and lasting sexual orientation. We need more research to understand more thoroughly the similarities between bisexuality and unisexuality ( include heterosexual and homosexual ) and their perhaps unique places.