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Bisexuals more often in the Closet

by our Editors in Lifestyle & Fashion , 02 oktober 2016

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“It's just a phase.” “You cannot choose”. Or: “You're gay, but you don't realise it yet.” These are just some of the many examples of the numerous prejudices bisexuals have to deal with.

Emiel Maliepaard (27) did his PhD on these prejudices for his social geography degree at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He interviewed 32 bisexuals in the age bracket 18-35 and asked some of them to keep a diary to describe their experiences. It revealed that bisexuals have to deal with persistent prejudices.

“Both homosexuals and heterosexuals find this group hard to take. They usually think you're either gay or heterosexual and, according to the bisexuals themselves, they do not think there are other preferences. It is seen as a phase,” Maliepaard notes.

Partly because of these prejudices, bisexuals are too afraid to express themselves, Malipaard says. The group therefore is much bigger than is visible: according to the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) 3% of both men and women consider themselves bisexual, while 10% of men and 12% of women have had sex with a man and a woman.

In the Closet

Bisexuals also remain in the closet more, according to Maliepaard. “Some bisexuals I interviewed simply want to express themselves as bisexual. On the other hand, there are many bisexuals who do not want to discuss their sexuality. They do not want to explain their sexual orientation again and again, do not want to be pigeon-holed, or simply find it irrelevant.”



In the New Issue of Gay News, 327, November 2018

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