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Bisexuality - a Separate Orientation
Submitted: 2008-04-02 09:19:44.000 (post #: 2225)
Bisexuality is a sexual orientation which refers to the aesthetic, romantic, mental, or sexual attraction to individuals of both sexes. If you are bisexual, you basically find both men and women appealing (you may find it's true when you go to biloves.com), however; (and this is very important to keep this in mind) not every bisexual individual is equally attracted to men and women.
Do you believe that bisexuality is a separate orientation? Yes, I believe that bisexuality is, without question, a separate, sexual orientation. To say that only heterosexual or homosexual orientations exist is like saying the world must be divided into dogs and cats, when in reality the world is mixed with both. As there is so much to contemplate, it's quite obvious that people possess a lot of views, to which bisexuality is so diverse, it's problematic. However; time has changed and science has proven that bisexuality does exist. Not just in theory or in human development, but also in the animal kingdom.
In the 1950s era, there was an American biologist named Alfred Kinsey. He taught entomology, botany, and zoology. Kinsey always had an obsession with sex, but never really discussed it in the open until the 50s persuasion (and if you read his biography, you would be fascinated with his story). Keep in mind, in the 1950s sex was more private and talking about it was sort of shocking to vast majority of the status quo population. Anyways, as time proceeded he became a sexologist and became open about his thoughts on sexology. He developed an interesting theory called the "Kinsey Scale" in an attempt to measure sexual orientation. The scale was exactly 7 points and went from 0-7. If you were a 0, you were exclusively heterosexual and if you were a 6, you were exclusively homosexual. If you were a 1, you were technically bi-curious and if you were a 5, you were bisexual, but more leaning towards homosexual. If you were a 2, you were bisexual, but not open and if you were a 4, you were bisexual, but more curious about homosexuality, although not technically leaning towards homosexuality more so. If you were a 3, you were basically just bisexual. I believe his theory makes sense and proves that bisexuality is it's own orientation. If you would like to know more about Kinsey, I highly recommend watching the movie "Kinsey" which stars Liam Neeson.
Another interesting theory called the "Klein Sexual Orientation Grid" (which is similar to Alfred Kinsey's "Kinsey Scale") by Fred Klein was developed to further expand the Kinsey Scale in measuring sexual orientation. 1 simply meant "other sex only" (or opposite sex/heterosexuality) and represented heterosexuals and 7 simply meant "same sex only" (which constitutes for homosexuality). Although, similar to the Kinsey Scale, the Klein Sexual Orientation Grid is different and bases it's experiments on sexual attraction, behavior, fantasies, as well as, social and emotional preferences. Fred Klein also provides evidence in "The Bisexual Option" a book that was introduced to the public in the late 70s, that was entirely devoted to bisexualism.
People often mistake bi-curiosity with bisexuality because bi-curiosity is hetero and homo flexible, therefore; critics and nilihists believe that bisexuality is not an orientation, but a feeling or choice of action upon curiosities, that develops in time, for the same sex (or the sex to which you aren't usually attracted to). The term passively-bi may also apply to be an exception to the rule. Some people may also believe that bi-curiosity is a bit ambiguous and assume bisexuality is the same way. In fact, some heterosexuals, as well as, homosexuals find bisexuality a threat. Individuals who are bi-curious often are heterosexual (most commonly) or homosexual. When someone is bi-curious, it does not mean that individual is bisexual, unless that individual feels closeted or in denial. Bi-curiousity is not an orientation, whereas; bisexuality is an orientation.
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Submitted: 2009-08-27 00:06:46.000 (post #: 2300)
How is this relevant? It seems as if someone is speaking from their own personal experiences. Looking for some form of justification, in an attempt to conceal their own insecurities. If I wanted to consult the Kinsey report, I would have retrieved my information from a reputable authority. Who? What? Where? Why? I'm still not getting this. It is, after all, called the LGBT community; you know, lesbian, gay, "bisexual" and transgender.
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