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Bisexuality 101. A brief introduction. Quick overview. William Perry Myths Terms Researchers Identity versus Behavior More information. William Perry’s Model of Intellectual and Ethical Development (1981). 1. Dualism: two options, one right one wrong

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Bisexuality 101

Bisexuality 101

A brief introduction


Quick overview

Quick overview

  • William Perry

  • Myths

  • Terms

  • Researchers

  • Identity versus Behavior

  • More information


William perry s model of intellectual and ethical development 1981

William Perry’s Model of Intellectual and Ethical Development (1981)

1. Dualism: two options, one right one wrong

2. Multiplicity: acknowledges multiple options

3. Relativism: analyzes multiple options

4. Commitments in relativism: understands multiple options (non-dual awareness), decides to follow one option based upon personal beliefs and values


Application of perry

Application of Perry

  • Applying non-dual awareness to sexuality.

  • Bisexuality is the experience of romantic & emotional attachment on the non-dual plane of development.

  • Both attractions are possible, but not necessarily acted upon…and may take various ranges of expression.


Myths

Myths

  • Bisexuality does not exist.

  • Bisexual means equal attraction to both genders.

  • Bisexuals are dishonest about their relationships.

    Adapted from Bisexual Resource Center. (2002). Myths about bisexuality [Brochure]. Boston, MA.


Myths1

Myths

  • Bisexuals are sexually promiscuous.

  • Bisexuals cause AIDS.

  • Bisexuals are incapable of having healthy relationships.

    Adapted from Bisexual Resource Center. (2002). Myths about bisexuality [Brochure]. Boston, MA.


Terms

Terms

  • Bi-curious

  • Bi-phobia

  • Bisexual

  • Men having Sex with Men (MSM)

  • Monosexual

  • Pansexual/Omnisexual/Pomosexual


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Kinsey Scale (1948)

Homosexual

Heterosexual

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7


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Variable

Past

Present

Ideal

A

Sexual Attraction

B

Sexual Behavior

C

Sexual Fantasies

D

Emotional Preference

E

Social Preference

F

Heterosexual/Homosexual Lifestyle

G

Self Identification

Klein Sexual Orientation Grid (1993)

Use scores ranging from: 1 (other sex) to 7 (same sex)


Identity versus behavior

Identity

One aspect of a person’s overall being. In terms of sexual orientation, this person will typically acknowledge varying degrees of emotional, social, and/or physical attraction (or interest) in persons of both genders. Gender is usually not the major demarcating factor for attraction (or interest).

Example: Bisexual identified person, in a monogamous relationship

Identity versus behavior

Behavior

The actions a person does often, but not always based upon their thoughts, conceptions and beliefs.

Example: Heterosexual identified person having sex with the same gender.


Guidelines for practice

Guidelines for practice

  • Become familiar with concepts and resources for the bisexual community.

  • Do not make assumptions.

  • Acknowledge the person’s experience.

  • Remember that there are human issues and bisexual issues.


So what does it all mean

So what does it all mean?

  • The words we use to define ourselves usually mean something different for each person.

  • The Kinsey Scale & Klein Sexual Orientation Grid measure sexuality in a more objective manner, but are still very limited.

  • The most important factor is how individuals identify themselves.


Researchers on the topic of bisexuality

Researchers on the topic of bisexuality

  • Ronald C. Fox, PhD (San Francisco, CA)

  • Tania Israel (Santa Barbara, CA)

  • Alfred Kinsey (Deceased)

  • Fritz Klein, MD (San Diego, CA)

  • Emily Page (Boston, MA)


Internet resources

Internet resources

  • www.bialogue.org

  • www.biresource.org

  • www.bisexual.org

  • www.binetusa.org

  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisexual


Print resources

Print resources

  • Fox, R.C. (Ed.). (2004). Current research on bisexuality. New York: Harrington Press.

  • Hutchins, L. & Kaahumanu, L. (Eds.). (1991). Bi any other name: Bisexual people speak out. Boston: Alyson Publications.

  • Klein, F. (1993) Bisexual option(2nd ed.). New York: Arbor House.

  • Ochs, R. (Ed.). (2001). Bisexual resource guide (4th ed.). Boston: Bisexual Resource Center.


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