37% Of People Still Think Bisexuality Is a “Choice”
In honor of Bisexual Awareness Week, Pure dating app opens a discussion on inclusivity.
Apparently — and this is confirmed by a new study, might we add — “6% of American adults find bisexuality attractive. However, another 37% believe that, unlike homosexuality or heterosexuality, bisexuality is a choice for some extra perks.”
Curious about these findings, which admittedly appear outdated, Pure conducted a survey and found that of its 2000 participants, “37% of Americans still believe that, unlike homosexuality or heterosexuality, bisexuality is a choice.”
The apps bisexual CEO, Olga Petrunina commented on the clearly outdated understanding of sexuality ahead of Bisexual Awareness Day:
“I’m proud to say, that I am an open bi woman. I also experience all these stereotypes around being bi on a daily basis. Guys see bi — they immediately propose you a three-way. It’s insane and a bit insulting. We want to raise awareness around being bi and educate people on how we feel, what we are, and what we aren’t. It’s not a choice, it’s not greediness, nor is it a ‘stage.’ We are and we are visible.”
In the past few years, especially since that “green couch,” TikTok video, dozens of celebs have come out as bisexual. Literally everyone from Emily Ratajkowski to Shay Mitchell and even the characters of hit kids TV show, Wizards of Waverly Place. Yet somehow, society refuses to catch up and educate themselves on the topic.
Unfortunately, this bias trickles into how people perceive bisexuality over all with 26% of Americans believing that people identify as bisexual “because it offers perks.” Oddly enough, the same demographic believes identifying as bi is a “turn on,” revealing a persisting cultural tone of ignorance.
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In other news, not dating a bisexual man because he’s bisexual is biphobia.