Table of contents:
- The opinion of Alfred Kinsey - a scientist sexologisti
- What bisexuality was believed by her opponents2
- Researching Opponents3
- Scientific arguments for bisexuality4
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There are quite a few men and women (even married) who identify as heterosexual but fantasize about same-sex sex from time to time. And some of them even have sexual intercourse with members of the same sex from time to time. On the other hand, there are gays and lesbians who have had heterosexual experiences. So does bisexuality exist as such, or is it just fiction? Let's try to figure it out.
The content of the article
- 1 The opinion of Alfred Kinsey - a scientist sexologist
- 2 What did her opponents think bisexuality was
- 3 Researching opponents
- 4 Scientific arguments for bisexuality
For many scientists, this concept is controversial. There are luminaries of science who claim that there is no bisexuality. A person is either heterosexual, or homosexual, or is simply lying. Others believe that bisexuality has a lot to do with the desire for experimentation in bed, which is so characteristic of people in their youth. And this phenomenon is one of the stages to their "real" sexuality.
However, research shows that bisexuality is more than real. And she is not a passing fantasy, but a rather frequent orientation that a person adheres to all his life. Just as homosexuality is considered abnormal in many societies, some heterosexuals and homosexuals regard bisexuality as out of the ordinary. And this is also not true.
The opinion of Alfred Kinsey - a scientist sexologisti
The phenomenon of bisexuality was first described in the 19th century. A lot of research was carried out in the 50s of the last century. Researcher Alfred Kinsey from Indiana University (USA) was especially interested in this issue. The scientist then spoke in favor of the "sexual continuum".
A huge survey conducted by Kinsey showed that most people are heterosexual or homosexual. But at the same time, there are some individuals who can be somewhat bisexual. Kinsey himself, by the way, was also bisexual. Despite the bonds of marriage and, mainly, heterosexual orientation, he had a pronounced interest in his own sex.
What bisexuality was believed by her opponents2
However, as soon as researchers began to study bisexuality, an opposite camp of opinions immediately emerged. The opposition's arguments were as follows:
- Bisexuals are simply heterosexuals who do special experiments.
- Bisexuals are people who no longer have anyone to have sex with (prisoners, monasteries, and so on).
- Bisexuals, in fact, are homosexuals who do not want to suffer from society's nagging about their personal lives. And so they are forced to feign attraction to the opposite sex.
And as bisexuality began to become more interesting for society and covered in the media, some homosexuals began to argue even more about the very fact of its existence. They called her a "betrayal" of their true nature for the sake of society.
But in the end, the truth became apparent. Since 1981, seemingly heterosexual men who have contracted AIDS somewhere have begun to appear more and more often. It soon became apparent that the cause was intermittent - and sometimes regular - sexual experiences.
However, even this did not convince opponents of the theory of bisexuality. In a 2005 publication, American scientists stated that it did not exist. They showed erotic videos of different content to subjects with different orientations. 30% of respondents were heterosexual, 38% were gay, and 33% identified themselves as bisexual.
It turned out that heterosexual subjects were aroused only by the corresponding erotic videos. Gays - only stories with homosexuals. Among bisexual men, three-quarters were turned on by watching gay porn, and one-quarter by classic heterosexual porn. And another quarter consisted of sexy "ice": they were not touched by any of the videos. Scientists have concluded: a person is either homo-, or hetero-, or just a liar.
Scientific arguments for bisexuality4
However, in the studies conducted by Kinsey, about 4% of women and 10% of men reported having had sex with both men and women. But at the same time, only 2% of women and 5% of men claimed that they are actually bisexual.
Another study from the mid-70s showed that about 15% of men and 10% of women had sexual relations with both sexes at a young age. But at the same time it turned out that not many people retain this orientation for a long time: only 3% of women and 5% of men. For comparison, in adulthood, from 5% to 10% of the population consider themselves homosexuals.
So it is not surprising that bisexuality is much more common among young people than among older people. Another interesting fact was also revealed. Contrary to popular belief, bisexuals do not keep in touch with multiple partners (their own and the opposite sex) at the same time. They tend to be in a relationship with only one person for an extended period of time.
If homophobia is becoming unacceptable in large countries, then "biphobia" is still alive and well. Many people cannot accept the fact that a person is capable of being attracted to both sexes. Such individuals are invariably considered "traitors." But perhaps it is high time for society to change its mind about bisexuality and its manifestations.