Bisexuals are attracted to both genders. Some may think of bisexuality as a ticket to riches. They think being attracted to both men and women doubles the chances of enjoying a sizzling love life. Well, bisexuality is indeed beautiful, just like heterosexuality or homosexuality. However, it is not all rosy. It can prove to be an awkward label to live with, an on-going struggle to fit in with LGBT community.
However, most of all, bisexuality is frequently misunderstood.
There are more misconceptions prevalent about bisexuality than it is for people of any other sexual orientation. What’s more perplexing, that lesbians, gays, and transgenders are as likely to believe in common lies about bisexuality as straight people.
Thankfully, in recent years, a lot of research on sexuality has been done. This has helped to improve how bisexuality is understood.
Listed ahead are three common misconceptions about bisexuality that science has debunked once and for all.
Myth 1 – “Bisexuality does not exist”
There’s no thought more ridiculous than this. It’s akin to telling that something that exists doesn’t exist at all. Well, nevertheless, there are many who think that people are heterosexual or home sexual, that there’s no other category. What’s more frustrating is that many people in LGBT community think that there’s no such thing as bisexuality.
Researchers, thankfully, have laid this misconception to rest through a study in which bisexual, straight, and gray men were exposed to erotic film clips of different genre and their subjective and objective arousal were noted. Subjective arousal was defined as the intensity of the feelings of arousal defined by the participant while objective arousal or actual arousal was measured by noting the changes in the participant’s genitals using psychological equipment.
Straight men reported high subjective and objective arousal while seeing film clips containing men and women. On the same lines, homosexual men were more aroused while seeing clips of men making love with other men. On the other hand, bisexual men were relatively equally aroused on seeing clips of both men and women.
Myth 2 – Bisexuality is temporary
Many term bisexuality as a phase, a temporary thing, a state of confusion, something that will pass once the person realizes his or her true nature.
This myth has been debunked by one study, in which the researcher followed participants, all women, for more than 10 years. The researcher noted that bisexuality was not a transitory phase. Most women, almost 92 percent, who identified themselves as bisexual in adolescence confirmed their sexual identity as the same at the end of the study.
Myth 3 – Bisexuals are not faithful
This misconception stems from the wrong assumption that you cannot sexually satisfy a partner who goes both ways. People assume, a bisexual person will reach out to what he or she is missing in an exclusive relationship. This, however, is not the case as proven by a 10-year study.
This study revealed that as many as 89 percent of bi women were in healthy, monogamous, long-term relationships. This finding debunks the aforementioned pernicious myth about bisexual once and for all.