As someone with a large amount of bisexual friends and also as a sex educator, I’ve heard so many myths about bisexual individuals (amongst other entertaining rumors!). AlterNet writer Anna Pulley recently wrote about and it definitely had me giggling in more than one place.
The first rumor that Ms Pulley attacks is that “bisexuals are sluts” – which is probably the most difficult myth for me to try to change people’s minds about. It’s a topic that I spent a good amount of time a week ago going over in a sexuality course that I teach. I responded to a student who had believed that bisexual individuals are attracted to everyone – they just can’t control themselves, and have a desire to just get it on with every person that crosses their path. I try to challenge this idea by asking the class if they do not identify as bisexual, are they attracted to every person of their preferred gender that they see? The majority of students explain that they’re not, so why would someone who is bisexual just want to knock boots with every person out there? I love that the author points out “perhaps the truer statement is we all have the potential to be slutty, regardless of which way we swing.”
Another set of myths that I was glad Ms Pulley tackled is that both nobody and everybody is bisexual. She includes a list of bisexual celebrities, which I was interested to learn that this group includes Kurt Cobain, Herman Melville, and Cary Grant. The one myth that the article defends as true is that all bisexuals love puns. Check it out when you get a chance. What’s the worst myth you’ve heard about bisexuals – and do they all really love puns?
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