Validated by SCIENCE!!!
Breaking news: female bisexuality is not just a phase (pdf of study). A ten-year longitudinal study of 79 women found that while bisexuality may be either a third sexuality or evidence of female sexual fluidity (hee hee!), it most certainly is not a transitional stage. Translation: while over time many women change sexual identities, those who initially identify as bisexual often stay there, and more women transition to bisexuality than away from it. What this means is that the old stereotype of “Lesbian Until Graduation” (or more generally, “hasbian“), is a myth. No way.
As a closeted bisexual who masquerades as a lesbian, I say: finally! Scientific validation! Maybe now we can start working on those awful stereotypes of bisexuals as greedy lying sluts. I’ve been in a relationship for over eight years, and tell people that I’m gay rather than bi for exactly this reason . Once people hear I’m bi, I either get “bisexuals are promiscuous and tend to behave like little attention whores who need to be the center of everyones sexual attention,” or “since you like cock, do you want to fuck me? Your wife can watch.”
Bisexuality is maligned by both the gay and the straight camps. They are described as being fence-sitters, too scared to come right out and admit to being gay. Bisexual men especially are often suspected of being semi-closeted homos. (It is true that many people identify themselves as bisexual when they are first coming out, often as a way of testing the reactions of loved ones or dealing with internalized homophobia -bisexuals are still “half-normal” after all – but this is a different phenomenon entirely.) Bisexuals who end up in long term relationships with someone of the other sex are often attacked by gay folks for their ability to enjoy heterosexual privilege, while being dismissed by straight folks as having gone through a bisexual phase and thankfully emerged “normal.” Bisexuals are called greedy and sex-crazed, as if their love of sex is so great they just can’t help hopping into bed with whoever offers. They are suspected of being incapable of holding down long term relationships, accused of being unable to resist the draw of whichever genitalia their partner doesn’t have.
I think that with the acceptance of homosexuality on the rise, bisexual and transexual intolerance are really the last major frontiers for hate. Bisexual and transexual/transgendered people are still seen as legitimate targets by both straight and bent. I know better than to expect one study to change anything, but hopefully it will open the door to more and more.