“Straight, Gay or Lying? Bisexuality Revisited.” That’s the headline of this controversial article within the New York Times discussing a new “study” dealing with bisexuality–specifically Bisexual men.
[...]But a new study casts doubt on whether true bisexuality exists, at least in men.
The study, by a team of psychologists in Chicago and Toronto, lends support to those who have long been skeptical that bisexuality is a distinct and stable sexual orientation.
People who claim bisexuality, according to these critics, are usually homosexual, but are ambivalent about their homosexuality or simply closeted.[...]
“I’m not denying that bisexual behavior exists,” said Dr. Bailey, “but I am saying that in men there’s no hint that true bisexual arousal exists, and that for men arousal is orientation.”[...]
Hence the controversy–which centers not only around the biphobic wording of the headline but also the findings purported within the article as G.L.A.A.D. elaborates…
On July 5, “The New York Times” published an article by Benedict Carey titled “Straight, Gay or Lying? Bisexuality Revisited.” The article examined the findings of a forthcoming study that the “Times” says “lends support to those who have long been skeptical that bisexuality is a distinct and stable sexual orientation.”
The claims put forward in the article, combined with the derogatory headline, are raising questions not only about the “Times’” reporting on this study, but also about the study itself.[...]
It isn’t until eight paragraphs later that readers encounter the first warning against drawing hasty conclusions based on the Bailey study’s small sample.
But it’s the article’s headline — “Straight, Gay or Lying? Bisexuality Revisited” — that has generated the most concern and anger among bisexual community leaders and members. This sensationalistic, derogatory headline (not written by the article’s author) impugns the honesty and integrity of bisexual people everywhere, accusing them of lying and deceiving others about their sexual orientation.[...]
We here at ‘Alas‘ are no strangers to the issue of Biphobia and discussions dealing with the unique struggles and even prejudice Bisexual people face, in a society that is hostile to those who don’t fall into strictly one side of the sexual orientation spectrum, whether it be heterosexuality or homosexuality. ‘It just has to be one extreme–there can be no middle ground and it “doesn’t exist” anyway, specifically in men’. So much b.s.
Perhaps this can be attributed to some extent to our culture’s unwillingness to discuss sexuality in an open and frank manner and accept it, and not allow ourselves to be caught up in archaic and puritanical sexual-phobias, or even constricting gender/sex roles. Maybe?