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Bisexual erasure is the tendency to ignore, remove, falsify, or reexplain evidence of bisexuality in the historical record, academic materials, the news media, and other primary sources.
In its most extreme form, bisexual erasure can include denying that bisexual people actually exist.
Bisexual erasure may stem from a belief that bisexual people do not deserve equal status or inclusion within gay and lesbian communities. This can take the form of omitting the word bisexual in the name of an organization or event that serves the whole LGBT community.
Homosexual people who engage in bisexual erasure may claim that bisexuals are actually closeted gay people who wish to appear heterosexual, or conversely that bisexuals are simply heterosexuals who are "experimenting" with their sexuality. Another common manifestation of bisexual erasure is a tendency for bisexuals to be referred to as 'straight' or heterosexual when they are intimately involved with people of the oppposite sex, and to be labeled as homosexual when they are involved with partners of the same sex.
It is also common for gay writers and activists to portray bisexual and gender blurring behaviors in ancient and non-Western cultures, such as ancient Greek pederasty or Native American Two Spirited people, as proof that homosexuality has been widely accepted in other times and cultures.
In some cases, gay commentators in the American and British media have portrayed individuals caught in scandals involving same-sex affairs as homosexual, despite bisexual behavior and lifestyle. As do gay commentators and the gay media, the mainstream media also tends to lump anyone identified with any homosexual or same-sex partners as gay; in some cases, even those who specifically identify as bisexual or have a clear history of significant experience with both same and opposite-sex partners.
Originally posted by Welfhard
reply to post by Republican08
Heh yea, we manage to stay under the radar pretty well.
You know some people have managed even to snap blurry and fleeting photos of us walking in the woods - even collected foot prints and hair fibres - but nay the skeptics still insist we don't exist!
[edit on 21-8-2009 by Welfhard]
Lol, I know nothing of this topic, it's so funny, just from what i've seen I guess?
I'm not into religion, and for those who are may feel the same.
I have no problem with gays or half gays. But it makes me wonder what evolutionary process rendered this...
Good to know their are people out their that take pride in it, while in certain places or certain times, that'd get you killed!
Originally posted by Welfhard
With the application of enough alcohol, girls may lose the concept of gender
I think there are probably as many bi girls as their are bi guys.
Being with girls and being with guys feels very different and the whole system of attraction works different for each as well - it's very complicated and convoluted.
No, your right. Even virgins have a clue as to what they are and they don't inherit as sexuality on their first time. So it's more like what one feels they are capable of.
IMHO, engaging in a sex act with someone of the same sex does not define one's sexual orientation.
That's one way to define it but there are people out there who have lots of sex but don't ultimately develop a romantic love for anyone, no long term relationships. So surely their sexuality has to be defined by the sex.
Sexual orientation is about the ability to feel romantic love for a particular gender.
Sort of but I'd like to add that you don't choose how you feel but rather how you act. Bisexuals will have no more control over who they find attractive or who they fall for than anyone else.
The LGBT community line is that one's sexuality is not a conscious choice. If God made me gay, how can it be a sin? Bisexual people make them feel uncomfortable because being bisexual implies the ability to choose from either side of the menu.
Certainly. I've experienced romance and infatuation with both genders in the past.
My question for the bisexual is: Do you feel capable of feeling romantic love for either gender?
There was a study linked somewhere on Wikipedia that purported that around 40% of people who identify as bisexual in adolescence 10 years later identify as gay so there definitely is precedence.
I believe it is possible some people who describe themselves as bisexual are having trouble dealing with the social stigma of being gay.
We get it from both sides. *Bu-dum Tish*
You get it from both barrels from the straight and gay communities, you just might get less from the straight folks.
And I love girls who think like you!
Again, I'm not bisexual, although I think bisexual men are smoking hot. Does that count?
He says something to the effect of, "If I am thinking about just having sex, I want a guy. If I am thinking about my emotional needs, I want a woman."
Bisexuals live dangerously.
I recall him once laughing at another bisexual acquaintance who, according to him, had got it backwards - the other way round.
I'm just interested in what the numbers say.