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What is Bisexuality?

By on December 31, 2009

Bisexuality is a sexual orientation whereas a person is romantically and sexually attracted to both the same and opposite genders as themselves. The level of attraction varies and the person can be mostly attracted to one with periodic feelings toward the other or they can have equal attractions to both. There is also the incidental attraction where the person may be with a gender only because the situation presents itself but the incident would not otherwise be actively pursued.

What are the different levels of bisexuality?
In the early 1950’s a sex researcher by the name of Dr. Alfred Kinsey pulished several books on sexual behavior. He also developed the Kinsey Scale which rates the level of a person’s sexual orientation. Keep in mind that you can be completely heterosexual and still have thoughts or fantasies about the opposite sex as this is very normal.

  1. 0-Exclusively heterosexual
  2. 1-Predominantly heterosexual, only incidentally homosexual
  3. 2-Predominantly heterosexual, but more than incidentally homosexual
  4. 3-Equally heterosexual and homosexual
  5. 4-Predominantly homosexual, but more than incidentally heterosexual
  6. 5-Predominantly homosexual, only incidentally heterosexual
  7. 6-Exclusively homosexual

Who practices Bisexuality?
The National Center for Health Statistics conducted a survey in the United States in 2002 to determine some basic statistics on certain types of sexual behavior, orientation and attraction by both men and women. The study was based on in-person interviews of 12,571 people between the ages of 15 and 44

The following is an excerpt of this study concerning bisexuality:

Same-sex activity

  1. Three percent of males 15-44 years of age have had oral or anal sex with another male in the last 12 months (1.8 million). Four percent of females had a sexual experience with another female in the last 12 months.
  2. The proportion who had same-sex contact in their lifetimes was 6 percent for males and (using a different question) 11 percent for females.
    About 1 percent of men and 3 percent of women 15-44 years of age have had both male and female sexual partners in the last 12 months.

Sexual orientation

  1. In response to a question that asked, “Do you think of yourself as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or something else?” 90 percent of men 18-44 years of age responded that they think of themselves as heterosexual, 2.3 percent of men answered homosexual, 1.8 percent bisexual, 3.9 percent “something else,” and 1.8 percent did not answer the question. Percents for women were similar. These findings are similar to data collected in 1992 by Laumann et al.

Sexual attraction

  1. Survey participants were asked if they were sexually attracted to males, to females, or to both. Among men 18-44 years of age, 92 percent said they were attracted “only to females,” and 3.9 percent, “mostly” to females. Among women, 86 percent said they were attracted only to males, and 10 percent, “mostly” to males. The percentage attracted “mostly to males” was 3 percent in a survey conducted in 1992, compared with 10 percent in the 2002 NSFG.

This is a lot of really good information and I think that it all goes to show that, either Bisexuals are a really small segment of the Erotic lifestyles, or that most people are not comfortable openly admitting it.

For more information on Bisexuality check out these books:

The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips, and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways

The Bisexual Option, Second Edition (Haworth Gay and Lesbian Studies)

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