Sexuality is a complicated subject. While LGBTQ+ issues are becoming more visible and societally acceptable, bisexuality still faces social stigmas and myths. Here are a few common bisexuality myths that should be put to rest:
Myth #1: Bisexual people can’t be monogamous.
Actually…contrary to popular belief, bisexual people can be monogamous, just like any other sexually identified person can.
Actress Anna Paquin, from True Blood, and costar husband Stephen Moyer have encountered confusion regarding Paquin’s bisexuality. When interviewed in 2014, Paquin explained that being in a monogamous relationship with a man does not make her bisexuality a “…past-tense thing.” Bisexuality does not depend on whether a bi woman is with a man or woman.
Myth #2: Bisexual people are actually straight/gay, but haven’t decided yet.
Actually…sexuality is a fluid concept. While it may feel easier to wrangle it down to neat categories—straight, gay, bi, asexual—, the truth is that there are various states of sexual attraction that don’t fit into classic check boxes. Though Alfred Kinsey first outlined this concept with his Kinsey Scale, the more modern Purple-Red Scale of Attraction presents far more options.*
Myth #3: Bisexual people are very rare. Most people are straight (or gay).
Actually…no one has been able to determine how many people really do identify as bi. Due to various reasons, it can be hard for bisexuals to come out of the closet. According to research from 2015, the percentages of men and women in the US who identify as bi is increasing.
Recently, bi-visibility in the media has increased with famous people such as Amber Heard, Stephanie Beatriz, Miley Cyrus, Carrie Brownstein, Aubrey Plaza and more, identifying openly as bisexual.
*Please note that no attraction scale can be perfect. Some people do not relate sexual attraction to romantic attraction—which is fine! But so far, there still is not a scale of attraction that separates the two factors.