By Patrick Parton
Sexual identity is one of those things, you either know what you like or you don't. Right?
Not necessarily, but the general consensus is...”Bisexuals are sexually confused”
The confusion associated with most bisexuals isn't necessarily limited to the inner turmoil some may feel, but defining who is bisexual and what is the threshold one must cross to be considered a bisexual.
1. Of, relating to, or having a sexual attraction to or desire for persons of both sexes.
2. A person who identifies himself or herself as having a sexual attraction toward both sexes
The word can be referred to as one's identity or one's behavior...and all the gray areas in between.
There have been numerous studies that explore bisexual behavior and traits to identify and define this very diverse, almost invisible society.
According to the Kinsey scale, there are multiple degrees of bisexuality.
The sudy suggests, on a scale from 1 to 6, with heterosexuals at 0 and homosexuals at 6, all others in between(from 1-5)would be considered Bisexual.
Someone falling into the 1 or 2's on the scale would primarily prefer the opposite sex but have thoughts about sex or intimacy with the same sex, but not necessarily acting upon it.
People falling in at 3, or midpoint on the scale, would be equally attracted to men and women.
The 4-5 range would be those who primarily have same sex relationship, with heterosexual tendencies.
As defined in a model of sexual behavior by J.R. Little, there are 13 different types of Bisexuals(Or stages of Bisexuality)
May have a relationship with a man, and then after that relationship ends, may choose a female partner for a subsequent relationship, and many go back to a male partner next.
Primarily heterosexual, but will choose same sex partners only in situations where they have no access to other-sex partners, such as when in jail, in the military, or in a gender-segregated school.
Concurrent relationship bisexuals:
Pave primary relationship with one gender only but have other casual or secondary relationships with people of another gender at the same time.
Either straight or gay/lesbian, but will switch to a relationship with another gender for financial or career gain or for a specific purpose, such as young straight males who become gay prostitutes or lesbians who get married to men in order to gain acceptance from family members or to have children.
Have intimate emotional relationships with both men and women, but only have sexual relationships with one gender.
Have more than one primary relationship at the same time, one with a man and one with a woman.
eEther straight or gay/lesbian, but have sex with another gender just to satisfy curiosity or "see what it's like."
Primarily straight or gay/lesbian but will sometimes have sex with another gender primarily for fun or purely sexual satisfaction.
Primarily heterosexual but engage in gay or lesbian sex only when under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
100% straight or gay/lesbian now but has had at one or more sexual experience with another gender in the past.
Completely straight or gay lesbian in behavior but have strong desire for sex with another gender, but have never acted on it.
Straight women who have sex with other women only because a male partner insists on it to titillate him.
Temporarily identify as bisexual while in the process of moving from being straight to being gay or lesbian, or going from being gay or lesbian to being heterosexual.
Bisexuality will most likely never be accepted or understood as a whole, by society, but self acceptance and understanding of your own orientation and identity should be explored, embraced with confidence and structured into a lifestyle that fits, whether you prefer to wear the label or not.