Useful Notes: Bisexual
Bisexual. Almost always used as an adjective (unlike "homosexual" and "transsexual", which are often used as nouns), but quite often used as a noun in plural ("bisexuals"). Quite often shortened to "bi" as a slang term. "Bisexual" does not mean Hermaphrodite. It also does not mean Transsexual. "Bisexual" is a term of sexual orientation, not gender identity. The actual definition: unlike heterosexuals and homosexuals, who are attracted to just people of the opposite sex and just people of the same sex respectively, bisexuals are attracted to people of the same gender and other genders. Note that this does not mean that bisexuals must be polyamorous, with partners of more than one gender, any more than somebody who is attracted to people of all hair colours would need to be polyamorous with a partner of each hair colour. Similarly, a bisexual person with an opposite-sex partner has not "turned straight", and a bisexual person with a same-sex partner has not "turned gay". It is how people feel that determines their sexuality, and not what they do. Even somebody who has only had sex with people of one gender still counts as bisexual if they feel attracted to more than one. As can be seen from the above conflation of bisexuality with polyamory, attraction to multiple sexes can be a confusing idea for people who aren't bisexual, given the human tendency to prefer clearly demarcated boundaries and opposites — black and white, up and down, male and female, gay and straight. This has lead to a fairly widespread belief that bisexuality doesn't exist, and that bisexuals are either deluded heterosexuals or are homosexuals with "one foot in the closet". Bisexuals, naturally, say that this is absolute crap. Another charge often laid at the feet of bisexuals is that many of them aren't really attracted to multiple sexes and are only pretending to be for the attention. Sadly, to the annoyance of actual bisexuals everywhere, this one is true in some cases. Additionally, being bisexual does not necessarily require equal attraction to multiple sexes, with no particular preference. There are varying degrees of bisexuality ranging from mostly-straight to mostly-gay, as can be seen in the Kinsey Scale below:
- 0 — Attracted to the opposite sex only, and not to the same sex at all.
- 1 — Attracted to the opposite sex mostly, with some attraction to the same sex.
- 2 — Attracted to both sexes, with a general preference towards the opposite sex.
- 3 — Attracted to both sexes, with no particular preference for one over the other.
- 4 — Attracted to both sexes, with a general preference towards the same sex.
- 5 — Attracted to the same sex mostly, with some attraction to the opposite sex.
- 6 — Attracted to the same sex only, and not to the opposite sex at all.
- X — Non-sexual, no attraction to any sex.