How much bisexual attraction and/or behavior does it take to make a person bisexual?Is the concept meaningful across cultures, and does it always have the same meaning?Even many bisexuals don’t realize how many other bis they already know!All this would be a harmless intellectual exercise, except that lack of visibility and mislabeling has negative consequences for our community such as leaving us cut out of LGBT-oriented outreach, and leaving bi people feeling isolated and alone.Some cultures may not use the word bisexual, and even in those that do, many people may be unfamiliar with or misunderstand it.Does bisexuality encompass people whose attractions change over time? If you are in a long-term relationship, do you stop being bisexual and “become” gay or straight?Bisexuality and polyamory are two separate identities. Bisexuality is the ability to be attracted to more than one biological sex.Polyamory means that a person is able to maintain a romantic relationship with more than one person. Some bi people are more romantically attracted to men and more physically attracted to women.
Many bis have very fixed patterns of attraction, while for others, the balance between heterosexual and homosexual attraction is fluid and changes over the years. As with heterosexuality and homosexuality, bisexuality refers to our orientation.
Bisexuality has been measured and demonstrated in scientific studies, both in men and in women. This idea has its roots in the anti-science, anti-Enlightenment philosophy that has ironically found a home within many Queer Studies departments at universities across the Anglophone world.
It is startling that people educated about the politics and dynamics of sexuality would go on to direct criticism for reinforcing a “false gender binary” at bi people.
On top of that, people usually label us according to our current partners which, unless we happen to be poly and walking down the street with a man and a woman at the same time, also leads others to label us incorrectly.
The bisexual equality movement has long had to fight for bi visibility.