Is bisexuality coming out of the closet?
I had an interesting discussion with one of our old babysitters who is now away at college. She told us that she was surprised at the number of people at her school – men and women – who were open and comfortable with their bisexuality. I don’t think I knew a single person when I was in college who was bisexual and out; whereas now it seems to be quite common.
The fact is (or seems to be) that a great many are bisexual. A famous sexual response study showed that almost 70% of women and 30% of men were sexually aroused by same sex images. While this does not indicated they are all into same sex relationships, it is very strong evidence that they have erotic associations with those of the same sex. From this, we can infer that they are somewhere along the bisexual spectrum.
A quick word on this notion of that bisexual spectrum. It has been known for some time that we are not simply gay, straight or bisexual. For those who are bisexual, there is a spectrum of, roughly put, how bisexual they are. The spectrum can be expressed in many different ways, but the simplest way to think of it is as an infinite number of points ranging from almost completely heterosexual (but with some occasional, slight sexual response to same sex) to almost exclusively gay (but with some occasional, slight sexual response to the opposite sex). Within the middler ground of the spectrum there are infinite combinations of attractions to same and opposite sex.
The point here being… lots and lots of people are somewhere on this bisexuality spectrum, and I find it fascinating that, at least in this women’s experience, young people are getting far more comfortable owning that aspect of their sexuality.