By Yves Kirman
Throughout the recorded history, it is known that some people and animals are attracted by more than one gender. However, the specific labels that refer to this attraction are relatively new. In fact, it was not until the late 1970s that the term ‘bisexual’ was used in the context in which we use it today. Bisexuality can be defined as a romantic or sexual attraction to multiple sexes – it is important to use this definition, not one that would reinforce the duality of gender, as I believe this is an outdated view.
A recent annual survey (2020) by the Office for National Statistics found that one in ten young women in the UK identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or otherwise. In particular, this is 11.4% of the female population aged 16-24. This is a big increase compared to the 2014 study, which found that only 3.1% of young women identify themselves in this way. These findings show increasing openness among young people in terms of their sexual orientation. This can be due to the ever -increasing comfortable environment provided for young people through media performance and visibility.
Pride events, such as the Gay Pride – which usually takes place around now in June, are based on celebrating and promoting equality, visibility and self-affirmation within the LGBTQ + community. However, for double identifiers like me, part of this celebration involves demonstrating or even proving that our identity is valid. This is due to the existence of bi-erasure in society.
Deleting bisexuality is the historical and present tendency to ignore or falsify cases of bisexuality. In the extreme, this is entirely disbelief in bisexuality. It is often based on the misunderstanding that bisexual people are confused and cannot “choose a country”. In particular, that bisexual men are “really just closed homosexuals” and that bisexual women are just “looking for attention.” Dr Feinstein, an associate professor of psychology in Chicago, told Health that “it is difficult for some people to understand the idea that sexual orientation should not be either-or that it is not just attracted to people of the same sex or from people of the opposite sex, but that you could be attracted to more than one different type of person. ”
As a biology student, I have often wondered what drives the connection between science and sexuality. However, this concept may not be completely progressive for the LGBTQ + community.
A 2019 study by Andrea Gunna, a geneticist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, looked at the genetic basis of human sexuality in about 500,000 individuals through association across the genome. He concluded that there is no specific “gay gene”, but there are five areas of the human genome that can be attributed to same-sex attraction. This, useful, spreads the story, which is often misunderstood by some that sexuality is not a choice.
Unfortunately, however, some science is involved in this story – with studies that try to prove that there are double people, not a biochemical or genetic justification for the difference between individuals. A 2020 study by Jabbour et al. entitled “Sure Evidence for Bisexual Orientation Among Men” ran into controversy about fundamentally “proving” the existence of bisexuality among men.
Although the science behind this research is valid, I believe that the justification for the article is rooted in two rubbing. For example, the first line states “there has long been skepticism among both scholars and ordinary people that there is a male bisexual orientation” – which is clearly deeply detrimental to men who identify in this way. The bottom line is that it is absurd for scientists to prove your own identity for you.
Given this, there is good that more bisexual research can do for Quir the community. Although the science behind sexuality is still somewhat of an issue, as we understand it better, we can better understand the way it shapes people’s lives. In general, sexuality is always something to be celebrated, and therefore current science should strive to enable people, not question them.
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