Bisexuality is defined as having sexual and romantic feelings towards both men and women. Despite the fact that bisexuality is something that is discussed a lot, there is still a lot of discussion and debate over it. Even though many people identify as bisexual – including well-known celebrities – some people still don’t think it’s a real thing. We’ll get to that later, though.
I believe that bisexuality is legitimate, and I easily get frustrated with the confusion over it. A lot of people don’t realize that bisexuality has a lot of history! So, if you want to know more about this sexual orientation, read on. Here are 10 crazy, interesting facts about bisexuality that you should definitely know:
Animals Can Exhibit Bisexual BehaviorHumans aren't the only ones who can like both sexes! There are over 1,500 animal species who exhibit bisexual behavior, including penguins, orcas, and bottlenose dolphins. There were even a pair of famous male penguins in a zoo who raised a baby penguin together. So cute! Source: ShutterStock
There Are Still Studies That Insist Bisexuality Doesn't ExistAs frustrating as this may be, there are still studies that come out saying that bisexuality is not a legitimate sexual orientation. One study done by the University of Pittsburgh found that a lot of the people researched did not believe bisexuality was legit. They also discovered that men were three times more likely to not believe it is real. Source: ShutterStock
Bisexuality Was Accepted In Ancient RomeAlthough it wasn't called bisexuality, the ancient Romans were totally down with people being attracted to both sexes. It was socially acceptable and even expected for a Roman man to want to have sex with both females and males... as long as he took the penetrative role, which is kind of dumb. People weren't judged on the gender of the person they were having sex with, they were judged on the social standing of the person they were having sex with. Basically, it was fine to have sex with any gender, as long as they had a good reputation or social standing. Source: ShutterStock
One Of The Earliest Accounts Of It In America Was...Although bisexuality has been around seemingly forever, one of the earliest accounts of it in America specifically was in the early sixteenth century. The account was made by a Spanish explorer named Álvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca. He mentioned that there were "effeminate" Indians in Florida who "go about dressed as women and do women's tasks."
Bisexual Used To Have A Different Definition Than It Does NowBisexuality is currently defined as having a romantic and sexual attraction to both males and females, but that wasn't always what it meant. Although the word itself has been around since 1824, it originally meant "having both sexes in one being, hermaphroditic." It took at least another century for the meaning to become what it is now. Interesting. Source: ShutterStock
Bisexuality Has It's Own FlagA lot of people don't know this, but bisexuality has it's own flag. It was designed by someone named Michael Page and wasn't unveiled until 1998. The pink represents the gays, the blue represents the straights, and the purple is a blend of both colors, and thus, both sexualities.
Some Research Believes Bisexuality Could Be GeneticThere is some evidence out there that supports the idea that bisexuality could be genetic in males. According to some researchers, men with extra Y chromosomes are more likely to be bisexual. Source: ShutterStock
Research Suggests Bisexual People Have Higher Sex DrivesAccording to Wikipedia, research shows that for most women, high sex drive is associated with bisexuality. But for men, it's not. Weird. Source: ShutterStock
There Is A Holiday That Celebrates BisexualityThere is a day dedicated especially to bisexuality! It's called Celebrate Bisexuality Day, and it happens on September 23 every year. It was started as a response to all of the prejudice and marginalization bisexual people deal with from both the heterosexual and homosexual communities. Berkeley, California, is thought to be the first city to celebrate bisexuals.
There Is A Scale To Measure BisexualityOkay, well it wasn't made just for bisexuality, but you know what I mean. The Kinsey scale was created by Alfred Kinsey and is used to describe a person's sexual experience or response at a given time. It ranges from 0, which means heterosexual, to 6, which means homosexual. If you rank between 2 and 4, you're considered bisexual.
And here’s a video on bisexuality that you’ve gotta watch!
Which of these facts about bisexuality surprised you the most? What did you know already? What did I forget? Tell me in the comments!