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And they're more numerous than you think; a new study of 1000 people over 18, conducted by intimate toy website Adam & Eve (so we can assume they were not working with a particularly conservative group of subjects), has found that 47 percent of respondents had no intention of ever dating a bisexual person, while 35 percent said they were open to it and 19 percent said they were undecided.
Within the study, 39 percent of men said they were open to dating a bisexual person, while 31 percent of women said they were; 15 percent of men versus 23 percent of women were unsure.
We figured it out, obviously.)It seems that, on balance, bisexuality is still seen as a potential issue by many, and that bisexual men in particular are viewed as risky or undesirable dating partners. Misconceptions about bisexuality are myriad and, for many of us, old hat.
They generally come down to a basic definitional issue: People assume that being attracted to both genders means that we are having a lot of sex with both genders, and that attraction to one partner can never be sufficiently "complete" to ensure fidelity.
It's mistaking the fundamentals of attraction for some kind of deep abiding "pull" to bed everything in sight.
The bisexual person is often seen as "promiscuous" and incapable of faithful monogamy, even though science dictates quite clearly that bisexuals are just as capable of monogamous relationships as anybody else.
This exposes the problematic situation for bisexual men in its full light.
Whether they ticked boxes about "infidelity", "disease", "indecision," or whatever else, it would have been a good insight into the issues of the community — and what bisexual people are really up against when they just want somebody to cuddle.
Remember when Katy Perry told the world that she kissed a girl and she liked it, and everyone went a little bonkers because it was so controversial?
A 10-year study of bisexual women cited by Psychology Today found that, at the end of the study period, 89 percent of all the women studied were in long-term, faithful relationships.
The myth of the bisexual who cannot be faithful is a powerful one — but it is completely unfounded.
The issue is usually to do with worries about "trendiness" (no person wants to be an otherwise straight person's gay "experiment" as they try to look cool) or about long-term orientation; as some gay people originally identified as bisexual throughout the course of their coming out, it can be seen as a "phase" or "in-between" zone, a less serious orientation that represents a person either deluded about their straightness or uncomfortable with their gayness.