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Well Whatcha’ Know, Bisexuals Exist

It’s great that they’ve come out with affirmation that bisexuality exists. Having said that, they’re proving what we in the community already know – it’s insulting.

~Jim Larsen, chairman of the Bisexual Organizing Project

Sometimes studies have to be accomplished that demonstrate what to many of us should be obvious. Ask a bisexual about whether bisexuals exists, and in the words of CBS‘s Study says bisexuality real, but bisexuals say “duh”, the answer could be a big “Duh! Of course bisexuals exist!”

From the CBS article:

Is there really such a thing as bisexuality?

After decades of debate, the researchers behind a new study say yes. The study found evidence that some men are sexually aroused by both men and women.

…For the new study – in the August issue of Biological Psychology – researchers looked at 100 men, 31 who identified as homosexual, 34 as heterosexual, and 35 who said they were bisexual. Only bisexual men who had at least two partners from each sex, and a romantic relationship at least three months long with a member of each sex were included in the study. The scientists showed the men a series of three-minute dirty movies while their genitals were wired with arousal-detecting electrodes to determine that bisexual men were physically aroused by both sexes.

From the New York TimesNo Surprise for Bisexual Men: Report Indicates They Exist:

In an unusual scientific about-face, researchers at Northwestern University have found evidence that at least some men who identify themselves as bisexual are, in fact, sexually aroused by both women and men.

The finding is not likely to surprise bisexuals, who have long asserted that attraction often is not limited to one sex. But for many years the question of bisexuality has bedeviled scientists. A widely publicized study published in 2005, also by researchers at Northwestern, reported that “with respect to sexual arousal and attraction, it remains to be shown that male bisexuality exists.”

That conclusion outraged bisexual men and women, who said it appeared to support a stereotype of bisexual men as closeted homosexuals.

In the new study, published online in the journal Biological Psychology, the researchers relied on more stringent criteria for selecting participants. To improve their chances of finding men aroused by women as well as men, the researchers recruited subjects from online venues specifically catering to bisexuals…

Both articles are worth reading.

So now we have a study that shows bisexual people exist — and paraphrasing Jim Larsen, it’s a little insulting that bisexual people have to be proven to exist in a study.

But that bisexuals really exist? Well Duh! Of course bisexuals exist!

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