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Bisexuality Information

  • Bisexuality is a sexual orientation which refers to the aesthetic, romantic, and/or sexual attraction of individuals to other individuals of both their own and the opposite gender or sex. Most bisexuals are not equally attracted to men and women, and may even shift between states of finding either sex exclusively attractive over the course of time. However, some bisexuals are and remain fairly static in their level of attraction throughout their adult life...
  • Bisexual people are not necessarily attracted equally to both genders. Because bisexuality is often an ambiguous position between homosexuality and heterosexuality, those who identify, or are identified, as bisexuals form a heterogenous group.

    Some believe that bisexuality is a distinct sexual orientation on a par with heterosexuality or homosexuality, with a clear attraction to both men and women required.

    Others view bisexuality as more ambiguous. Some people who might be classified by others as bisexual on the basis of their sexual behavior self-identify primarily as homosexual. Equally, otherwise heterosexual people who engage in occasional homosexual behaviour could be considered bisexual, but may not identify as such. For some who believe that sexuality is a distinctly defined aspect of the character, this ambiguity is problematic. It is sometimes argued that the behaviour of bisexuals may be explained by a subconscious homophobia or peer pressure. On the other hand, some believe that the majority of people contain aspects of homosexuality and heterosexuality, but that the intensities of these can vary from person to person. Some people who engage in bisexual behavior may be supportive of lesbian and gay people, but still self-identify as straight; others may consider any labels irrelevant to their positions and situations.

    Some bisexuals make a distinction between gender and sex. Gender is defined in these situations as social or psychological category, characterized by the normal practices of men and women. For example, the fact that women wear dresses in Western Society whilst men traditionally do not is a gender issue. Sex is defined as the biological difference between males and females, prior to any social conditioning. Bisexuals in this sense may be attracted to more than one gender but only to one sex. For example, a male bisexual may be attracted to aspects of men and masculinity, but not to the male body. Such a person's attractions may manifest themselves through sexual activities other than sex with other males.

    Bisexuality is often misunderstood as a form of adultery or polyamory, and a popular misconception is that bisexuals must always be in relationships with men and women simultaneously. Rather, individuals attracted to both males and females, like people of any other orientation, may live a variety of sexual lifestyles. These include: lifelong monogamy, serial monogamy, polyamory, polyfidelity, casual sexual activity with individual partners, casual group sex, and celibacy. For those with more than one sexual partner, these may or may not all be of the same gender.

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The term “monogamish” is relatively new and it is a play on the word monogamous, which means, to have a single sexual partner over a period of time. This new spin implies that while two people are the primary partners there may be other outside dalliances from time to time. This approach was historically more common (or more openly ... Read More »
I have always been struck by how many of my patients reference Dear Abby when talking about a difficult decision they faced. Dear Abby’s advice spanned from basic to difficult moral issues. RIP Abigail Van Buren (aka Pauline Freedman Phillips) whose simple timeless advice can teach all of us some lessons.
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Sexting, as many of you know, is sending explicit electronic messages. How does sexting relate to dating and sexual activity? If you sext more do you have sex more? Here is what we just learned about sexting from a recent survey of high school students:
1. More than half of American teens have been asked to send a “sext,” based on ... Read More »

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