Crazy but true, folks. Bisexual women actually exist. Their sexual preferences are not a phase! You hear that, bisexual ladies? You are now officially validated. You may go about your lives from this point forward knowing that a scientific study has confirmed that you’re not lying about your sexual desires. Doesn’t it feel great to know that you can believe yourself?
It’s also a relief, because god knows that human beings aren’t allowed to experience more than one type of sexual desire in their lifetimes, and in fact going through a sexual “phase” is something that’s just not acceptable. If it turned out that people were attracted more to men than women at some point in their lives and then more attracted to women at another point (or vice versa), that’d just be the end of the fucking universe, wouldn’t it? Apparently, we do and should care very, very deeply about how people decide to label themselves sexually, and in addition, they better prove that they’re for real. I mean, unless they’re straight and don’t “act gay.” It would be so much easier if everyone adhered to gender and sexual stereotypes, instead of doing all of this “individual” and political crap. How are We, The Poor Straight People that this article is obviously targeting, supposed to remember all of this?
Next up, a study to determine whether or not bisexual men are really just gay and closeted. I’m sure that the results will be fascinating.
In all seriousness, what pisses me off here is that the study — at least as the article presents it — isn’t about some more nuanced and interesting questions like “how do sexual desires change and evolve over time?” That would require including people of all sexual orientations and admitting that straight sexual identities and desires may not be static, or may not be any more or less static than those of women who don’t identify as straight (nobody has ever asked me if I’m going through a “phase,” for some strange reason). It would also require more than asking women over the phone every couple of years how they identify sexually, since those labels are only a tiny part of who we are sexually. Nope, this seems to have been about proving that bisexual women either were or were not going through a “phase,” about proving or disproving the validity of a sexual orientation, and really just reinforcing this whole all-important labeling system. And if it wasn’t? If the study was indeed a whole lot deeper than that, well none of us should be surprised that the mainstream media doesn’t pick up on anything more than OMG BISEXUALITY IS 4 REALZ.
No wonder so many women in the study identified as “unlabeled.”