Bisexuality,Swingers and promiscuity.
Sexuality runs along a continuum.It is not a static “thing” but rather a process that can flow, changing throughout our lifetime.
Bisexuality falls along this continuum. Bisexuality is the potential for being sexually and/or romantically involved with members of either gender.
MYTH: Bisexuals are promiscuous/swingers
TRUTH: Bisexual people have a range of sexual behaviors. Some have multiple partners; some have one partner; some go through partnerless periods. Promiscuity is no more prevalent in the bisexual population than in other groups of people.
MYTH: Bisexuals are equally attracted to both sexes.
TRUTH: Bisexuals tend to favor either the same or the opposite sex, while recognizing their attraction to both genders.
MYTH: Bisexual means having concurrent lovers of both genders.
TRUTH: Bisexual simply means the potential for involvement with either gender. This may mean sexually, emotionally, in reality, or in fantasy. Some bisexual people may have concurrent lovers; others may relate to different genders at various time periods. Most bisexuals do not need to see both genders in order to feel fulfilled.
MYTH: Bisexuals cannot be monogamous.
TRUTH: Bisexuality is a sexual orientation. It is independent of a lifestyle of monogamy or non-monogamy.
Bisexuals are as capable as anyone of making a long-term monogamous commitment to a partner they love. Bisexuals live a variety of lifestyles, as do heterosexuals.
MYTH” Bisexuals are denying their lesbianism or gayness.
TRUTH: Bisexuality is a legitimate sexual orientation which incorporates gayness. Most bisexuals consider themselves part of the generic term “gay.” Many are quite active in the gay community, both socially and politically.
Some use terms such as “bisexual lesbian” to increase visibility on both issues.
MYTH: Bisexuals are in “transition.
TRUTH: Some people go through a transitional period of bisexuality on their way to adopting a lesbian/gay or heterosexual identity For many others, bisexuality remains a long-term orientation. Indeed, homos uality may be a transitional phase for the coming-out process for bisexual people.
MYTH: Bisexuals spread AIDS to the lesbian and heterosexual communities.
TRUTH: This myth legitimizes discimination against bisexuals. The label “bisexual” simply refers to sexual orientation. It says nothing about sexual behavior. AIDS occurs in people of all sexual orientations. AIDS is contracted through unsafe sexual practices, shared needles, and contaminated blood transfusions. Sexual orientation does not “cause” AIDS.
MYTH: Bisexuals are confused about their sexuality.
TRUTH: It is natural for both bisexuals and gays to go through a period of confusion
during the coming-out process. When you are an oppressed people and are constantly told you don’t exist, confusion is an appropriate reaction until you come out to yourself and find a supportive environment.
MYTH: Bisexuals can hide in the heterosexual community when the going gets rough.
TRUTH: To “pass” for straight and deny your bisexuality is just as painful and damaging for a bisexual as it is for a gay. Bisexuals are not heterosexual and do not identify as heterosexual.
MYTH: Bisexuals are not gay.
TRUTH: Bisexuals are part of the generic definition of gay. (See Don Clark’s Loving Someone Gay) Nongays lump them all together. Bisexuals have lost their jobs and suffer the same legal discrimination as other gays.
MYTH: Bisexual women will dump you for a man.
TRUTH: Women who are uncomfortable or confused about their same-sex attraction may use the bisexual label. True bisexuals acknowledge both their same-sex and opposite sex attraction. Both bisexuals and gays are capable of going back into the closet. People who are unable to make commitments may use a person of either gender to leave a relationship.
It is important to remember that bisexual, gay, lesbian, and heterosexual are labels created by a homophobic, biphobic, heterosexist society to separate and alienate us from each other. We are all unique; we don’t fit into neat little categories. We sometimes need to use these labels for political reasons and to increase our visibility. Our sexual esteem is facilitated by acknowledging and accepting the differences and seeing the beauty in our diversity.
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