- of both sexes.
- combining male and female organs in one individual; hermaphroditic.
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usage note for bisexual
OTHER WORDS FROM bisexualbi·sex·u·al·i·ty, bi·sex·u·al·ism, nounbi·sex·u·al·ly, adverb
Words nearby bisexual
BEHIND THE WORD
What does bisexuality mean?
Bisexuality is a sexual orientation where a person is attracted to people of their own and another gender (e.g., both men and women).
How is bisexuality pronounced?[ bahy-sek-shoo-al-i-tee ]
What are other forms of bisexuality?
bi (shortened form for bisexual)
What are some other words related to bisexuality?
Where does bisexuality come from?
While we can find discussions and depictions of bisexuality in history, the term bisexual is first seen in the 1790s. Bi- is a Latin-derived prefix meaning “two.”
The term was initially biological, referring to organisms, especially plants, that have both male and female sex organs. In the 1830s, bisexual began describing anything involving or pertaining to both men and women (e.g., a bisexual name). Unisex is the term we’d usually use now.
Bisexuality emerges in the 1890s in a translation of the works of German psychiatrist Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing in his studies of human sexuality. In the 1920s, Sigmund Freud stated that all humans had innate bisexuality. The sexologist Alfred Kinsey helped move bisexuality into mainstream understanding of sexuality in the mid-1900s. His groundbreaking work saw sexuality as a continuum, not absolutes (Kinsey Scale).
During the gay rights movement in the 1960s, bisexual activists formed some of the earliest LGBTQ organizations and demonstrations. In the 1970s, the National Bisexual Liberation Group was founded, as well as a support group called Bi Forum. Bi is a common short form of bisexual.
By the 1990–2000s, bisexuality was a pillar of the queer community, represented by the B in LGBTQ. A number of prominent figures identify as bisexual, including Anna Paquin, Lady Gaga, Kristen Stewart, Alan Cumming, and Jason Mraz.
Evidence suggests that more bisexual individuals are women, which may be due to social norms around masculinity and heteronormativity.
Speaking of norms, bi erasure is when bisexuality gets dismissed as fake, characterized as just a phase on the way to homosexuality or a form of promiscuity, or is ignored in popular media and discourse altogether. It can happen in both the queer and cishet community.
While bisexuality is commonly discussed as the attraction to both men and women, note that bisexuality can be the attraction to people of one’s own gender and to one other gender identity, not necessarily confined to a gender binary.
How is bisexuality used in real life?
Due to ignorance or prejudices, bisexuality is often popularly discussed to assert its legitimacy and demystify misconceptions.
Hi, reminder that bisexual women are not “going through a phase,” bisexual men are not “secretly gay,” & bisexual people are NOT promiscuous/indecisive/automatically interested in threesomes, etc. Bisexuality is NOT your fetish. Bisexuals do NOT need you to tell them who they are
— Jimmy O'Hara (@slimjimjamm) August 19, 2018
The 2010s, however, saw an increasing acceptance of alternative sexual orientations and gender identities, leading to a growing acceptance of bisexuality, which means more and more people are openly identifying as bisexual and sharing their stories.
Sixth grade, my best friend got a “boyfriend” and Her first kiss. I was so jealous of him, I cried for days and realized I was totally in love with her. I thought I was a lesbian for about a year until I had my first boyfriend, then started to understand bisexuality.
— Erin (@Erin__424) September 13, 2018
More examples of bisexuality:
“Well, I was making an example of my own sexual preferences, which at times have been on either the female gender or the male gender, so bisexuality, if you will. And as I was writing this letter, that Billboard…asked me to write, I realized I couldn’t write it to a community that stood over there.”
—Jeremy Hobson, Here & Now (radio show), August 2018
Example sentences from the Web for bisexuality
Bisexuality is one of his tools, but the show stops just short of saying that it is part of his identity.
According to this false theory, bisexuality is nothing more than a phase.
People who are putting their face out there and declaring their bisexuality are helping demystify it.
Ditto his claim of bisexuality which takes on new meaning and possibilities given the equipment.This Man Claims to Have Two Penises, Science Confirms It’s Possible|Kent Sepkowitz|January 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was his teenage electroshock therapy, for one thing (it failed to cure his bisexuality—go figure).
If, however, the king of countries and Ishtar be taken to be two different deities (as is possible), there is no bisexuality.Introduction to the History of Religions|Crawford Howell Toy
British Dictionary definitions for bisexuality
Derived forms of bisexualbisexuality (baɪˌsɛksjʊˈælɪtɪ) or esp US bisexualism, nounbisexually, adverb
Medical definitions for bisexuality
Other words from bisexualbi′sex•u•al′i•ty (-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.
Cultural definitions for bisexuality
Sexual activity with, or sexual attraction to, members of both sexes.