Tuesday, July 05, 2005


Straight, Gay or Lying? Bisexuality Revisited

And so I become a member of the LGT community, as this article calls into question the B in LGBT. Can we call it "legit" and call it a day?

Seriously, I've always had my doubts about the idea of bisexuality--especially among men, which is what the study discussed in the NYT article above debunks. Here's a nice nugget to chew on:
Seated alone in a laboratory room, the men then watched a series of erotic movies, some involving only women, others involving only men.

Using a sensor to monitor sexual arousal, the researchers found what they expected: gay men showed arousal to images of men and little arousal to images of women, and heterosexual men showed arousal to women but not to men.

But the men in the study who described themselves as bisexual did not have patterns of arousal that were consistent with their stated attraction to men and to women. Instead, about three-quarters of the group had arousal patterns identical to those of gay men; the rest were indistinguishable from heterosexuals.
The proof is in the porn!

All I know is this: Lots of people claim the label "bisexual" at one point or another in their lives, and the people I know who have done so, including me, were all using it, to steal a phrase from a friend, as a station on the train to gay town. If it turns out that guys who are "bi" are either (A) Trying to come to grips with being gay or (B) Trying to get a blow job without having to give one, it won't come as much of a shocker to me.

1 comment:

Paul Allen said...

A glib (but hopefully not insulting) way to describe bisexuality is: Greedy. I'm not sure where I first heard this, but I like it.