Bisexuality Revisited: A myth?
"Most of them seem to lean one way or the other, but that doesn't preclude them from having a relationship with the no preferred sex... You may be mostly interested in women but, hey, the guy who delivers the pizza is really hot, and what are you going to do?"
- Dr. Diamond
A recent study by Northwestern University which received some attention in today’s New York Times questions whether bisexuality is actually possible. The study is quite deficient and lacks any significant figures for proof of any claim (a total surveyed of less than 100). Yet the directives I believe the study set out under are false, as well. This study presupposes categories of human preference in regard to sexuality: Bi, Straight, Gay, and Lesbian, when in actuality many people do not fit in any category.
Bisexuality cannot be defined. In all truth homosexuality and heterosexuality are also inadequate words to describe the nature of human sexuality on the whole. Why does culture force men and women to identify themselves in these categories? I believe, with selective evidence from the research of Dr. Kinsey, that no man or woman is completely hetero, bi, or homosexual. We all fall somewhere along the spectrum and ultimately bisexuality is sometimes a term that is all encompassing.
The phenomenon of self-identification with regard to sexuality removes the excitement of exploration. Risking offense to most people, I will claim that this phenomenon results from politics of sexuality first identified by the legendary French philosopher Michel Foucault. Until somewhat recently, sexuality was rarely identified with such terms, though people often engaged in numerous exploratory encounters. According to today’s culture, in order to protect our freedom of sexuality we must sacrifice for this politics of sexuality. Attempting to make sense of ourselves, we utilize science to explain the unknowable and mysterious. I say let it be.