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8 Things Bisexuals Hear All The Damn Time (Slideshow)

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8. “I don’t believe bisexuality exists.”

This one is perhaps the most puzzling of all. Most people who say this would never say “I don’t believe homosexuality exists.” And if they do? Points for logical consistency! And for letting everyone know immediately that they are not to be taken seriously.

But really, I barely know how to respond. I mean, you don’t have to believe the Earth is round, either, but there’s an awful lot of scientific evidence that it is. You don’t have to believe that people who self-identify as Republicans were actually willing to vote for George W. Bush, but there’s about 8 years of history and a lot of anecdotal evidence to the contrary.

You can believe or not believe people when they tell you they’re bisexual. But don’t pretend that this statement is anything other than patronizing and don’t fool yourself into believing that just because you refuse to accept that bisexuals exist, that there aren’t plenty of us out there, being attracted to and having relationships with people of all genders and sexes. Not “believing” in us doesn’t change the day-to-day realities of our lives, and it doesn’t make us disappear.

It’s probably easier to accept that we’re here, and that we’re not going anywhere. We can’t turn you into one of us. We can’t make you date us. We can’t make you be friends with us or be around us. So why is it so hard to accept we might exist?

 

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3:43PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Sometimes the only place you can see the stupidity of both sides of the argument when you're sitting on the fence.

Pick a side? Really? Ok, I'm on the fence, and I'm staying there. If Hetrosexual and Homosexual are valid choices, why the hell isn't Bisexual an equally valid choice?

Imagine being told as a teenager that you can only eat one flavor of Ice Cream for life, and you have to choose that flavor right now.

You feel offended by that question?
That's just Ice Cream, think how annoyed you would be if it was your flavor of sexuality you had to decide.

So no offence, but I'm going to sit here and eat my Jamacian Coffee and English Toffee two scoop ice cream cone and enjoy every damn drop of it.

5:38AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

how absurd. Love is love.

3:41PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

people are so ignorant. love who you love and find acceptance in people who aren't "holier than thou". people who are willing to accept you as a person, not an orientation.

12:52AM PDT on May 27, 2012

Lens of Perception ... it is easier to understand how someone is affected after it is spelled out.... thank you!

9:14PM PDT on May 23, 2012

thank you for article.

9:14PM PDT on May 23, 2012

thank you for article.

9:11PM PDT on May 23, 2012

This is spot on! I am so sick of hearing all of the above and of course there is the "If you just had the right man you would not want a woman." said to me by men of course. From the gay women who I don't fancy I hear "You just really don't want sex with a woman." No what I don't want is sex with you! I enjoy the company of both sexes and have had wonderful relationships with both.

5:34PM PDT on May 23, 2012

IMO bisexuality can be the most exclusive not inclusive. For me it means I am so picky about who I date that I wont even let gender/orientation narrow it down. It is all about personality. Who the person is, not what happens to exist behind the zipper.

2:07PM PDT on May 23, 2012

Human sexuality is a spectrum...utterly homosexual at one far end and utterly heterosexual at the other far end...and everything in-between. I don't like the term "bi", which suggests "bifurcated", or half-this and half-that, when people to whom the term is applied are fully human beings and fully of their own sexual orientation.

Besides, nobody's sexuality is any of your business except your own. It would greatly improve things if everybody got their nose out of everybody else's sexuality.

9:04AM PDT on May 23, 2012

I just have to wonder why anyone has to tell anyone else about their sex life.

It's no one else's business who anyone sleeps with, so why even tell people if you're bi when you know you're going to get weird and stupid comments and questions about it?
Your sex life is PERSONAL....so it should be kept PERSONAL.

No one has the right to judge anyone based on their sexual preference....but if you broadcast it, you're inviting the problems you don't want.
My ex was bi and I didn't want to deal with that in an already struggling marriage...but I can understand it even though it isn't right for me...and I don't discuss my (or anyone's) sex life because it's no one's business but the person you're doing it with.

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