Bisexuality: Quick FAQ

Below are some words, phrases and terms related to bisexuality or words and phrases used in stereotypes and misconceptions of bisexuals.

bi-curious — describes a person who might be homosexual or heterosexual and is questioning his or her sexual orientation. A bi-curious person might show interest or attraction that would normally be outside of their previously identified sexual orientation.

bi-phobia — the fear of, aversion to or discrimination against bisexuals or bisexuality.
bisexual chic — a term used to describe a, perhaps, falsely propagated, popular culture “fad” of bisexuality in young people and others. In many cases, the use of the phrase is pejorative.

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bisexual erasure — an effort to ignore or remove aspects of bisexuality in order to diminish that idea that bisexuality is a valid sexual orientation.

bisupremacy — connotes an attitude that bisexuality is privileged over other sexual orientations, such as “All people are bisexual by nature” and “Bisexuals are attracted to people [or people’s souls], not their body [or gender].” Bisupremacy might be common among bisexuals who have recently come out or used by others who face large amounts of criticism, harassment or discrimination due to their stated bisexuality.

gender-neutral (or gender-indifferent, gender-blind) — without regard or indifferent to gender. Bisexuals are often portrayed as being attracted to both males and females equally.

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lesbian-until-graduation (or gay-until-graduation, bisexual-until-graduation) — term used to denote women primarily of high school or college age whom others assume are only experimenting with or adopting a temporary lesbian or bisexual identity. The term is sometimes used in the lesbian community to disparage bisexual women.

pansexuality — a sexual orientation characterized by the potential for romantic or sexual attraction or desire for people, regardless of their gender-identity or biological sex. The term is often confused with bisexuality as it is similar; however, pansexuality does not include binary gender systems and roles which the term bisexuality implies.

polyamorous — describes the ability of an individual(s) to be attracted to multiple people at one time and to have a relationship with more than one person and with the consent of all involved. Polyamorous relationships are most often more equitable and egalitarian than other bigamous relationships. Bisexuals are often stereotyped as being polyamorous.

— compiled by Q-Notes staff from various sources, including QueersUnited.blogspot.com, Wikipedia.org and Everything2.com.

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