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Bisexuality is simply defined as having sexual desire for people of the same and opposite gender. (Patrick, 417) In the Boswell article, it is said "People consider themselves 'homosexual' or 'heterosexual' because they are induced to believe that humans are either 'homosexual' or 'heterosexual'. (Boswell, 34) The same holds true for bisexuality, as well as any other sexual orientation. People consider themselves to be bisexual because they are induced to believe that people are indeed bisexual. Furthermore, it is argued that without such processes or socialization, people would simply be sexual. (Boswell, 34)
One common myth is that bisexuals simply do not exist. Part of this invisible minority status is due to the fact that bisexuality is not a common self-identification. People with bisexual histories will often self-identify as gay or straight depending on who they are in a committed relationship with and unless they make a point of 'coming out' as bisexual. Others will perceive them as the orientation that matches the relationship. As shown in the Patrick article, this can be very threatening to many gays and lesbians. Some in lesbian and gay communities accuse bisexuals of messing with category definitions. (Patrick, 417) In the parlance of the seventies, feminism is theory, lesbianism is practice - bisexuality suggests betrayal, sleeping with the enemy. (Patrick, 417) In Garber's article, "Vice Versa," he refers to this problem as "biphobia" (Garber, 423). Biphobia comes from the fear and ignorance of bisexuality and bisexuals in general. Bisexuals have offered a variety o!
f theories to explain biphobia. For some, biphobia emerges from the belief in the Dichotomy of gay and straight, with no in-between. (Patrick, 417) Therefore bisexuals are not seen as part of the gay community but apart from the community. But why the fear and the ignorance, and what exactly accounts for biphobia? Well, bisexuals have traditionally been considered part of a gay community, fighting for ga
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- (Garber, 423) I have a bisexual friend and I remember one evening going into a chatroom with her on America Online for "queer women."
- Warner argues in his article that the reason for this is because "People whose gender identity differs from the norm are despised." ...
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