Last Wednesday night, I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Robyn Ochs, a self-proclaimed “professional bisexual” for 25 years. In addition to being a speaker and teacher, Robyn also edits the Bisexual Resource Guide and Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World (in addition, my school is lucky enough to have the other editor of this anthology as a faculty member).
She then led the participants in a little bit of an experiment, referring to us as “living data”. She passed out a questionnaire which asked several questions regarding where one might fit on the Kinsey Scale. All of the questions asked us to place ourselves somewhere on the scale, but each time taking something else into account, such as sexual orientation overall, sexual experiences before age 16, where your close friends think you are on the scale, and where you wish you could be on the scale.
After we had all answered the questions and switched papers anonymously with someone else in the room, Robyn had us stand at the front of the room in a real-life demonstration of the Kinsey scale. It was absolutely incredible to see the variation in people’s answers, how many times the living data switched from question to question, and to hear the words and labels people chose to identify with.
So, for those of you interested, absolutely check out Robyn’s website, as she gives a list of her upcoming lectures. I highly recommend attending this lecture, especially since it gave me new insight into the highly-complicated realm of human sexuality.
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