More and More Americans Identify as Bisexuals


More people feel free to reveal their (homo)sexual orientation

According to a CDC study more and more Americans identify as bisexuals as the time goes by. The study reveals that women are three times more likely than men to identify as bisexual.

The research team surveyed 9,000 adults of ages between 18 and 44. A total of 2 percent of the men identified as bisexual while among the ladies 5.5 percent said they like both Adam and Eve. The study shows an increase in bisexual men with .8 percent compared to a study from a few years ago while the rate of bisexual ladies increased by 40 percent.

However, when it comes to sexual attraction young women are more likely to be attracted only to the opposite sex. 88.6 percent of men and 75.9 percent of women said that even if they identify as bisexuals they are only attracted by persons of the opposite sex.

Cornell University’s professor of developmental psychology Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams who wrote more books on the topic of sexuality and sexual orientation said that until now male statistics wouldn’t show an attraction to the opposite sex under 90 percent.

However, Dr. Savin-Williams claims that these figures are not showing that there are more bisexuals than they were in the past but that more people are out of the closet and not afraid anymore to admit their non-straight orientation. Especially regarding women, in today’s society women feel a greater permission to admit that they are sexually attracted to other women.

Other scientists agree with Savin Williams. Indiana University’s professor Debby Herbenicksays that the increasing awareness over bisexuality makes it easier for people to identify as such.

The young population is more likely to be open regarding their sexuality. The study shows that 2.8 percent of women aged 18 to 24 identified as bisexual, 5.4 percent of women aged 25-34 and only 4 percent of women between the ages of 25 and 34.

According to CDC’s demographer Casey Copen, the trends are similar to those from the past when it comes to women’s and men’s bisexuality. Women have always been more open towards other women. However, one big change is that in recent decades more women attracted to other women identified as bisexuals instead of lesbians.

Of the lesbian and bisexual women 83.6 percent had sexual contact with a person of the same sex while 89.7 of them had sexual contact with at least one member of the opposite sex. On the other side of the bisexual and homosexual men 88.6 percent had sexual contact with a member of the same sex while only 67.9 percent had sexual contact with a member of the opposite sex.

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