The many definitions of bisexuality and why I disagree with them all except one.
Way back when people only thought there were two genders (men and women) we recognized it was possible for some to like the same gender as themselves (homosexual) the opposite of themselves (heterosexual) and both (bisexual.) So bisexual meant liking both genders, men and women.
Now that there are many genders…bisexuals are wanting the first part of this definition to stay the same and not the end part. To me there are many issues with doing this.
1. Polysexual is a word that refers to being attracted to many genders or genders other than men and women. So that covers the other bases already.
2. In saying that being bisexual should still mean “attraction to the same and a different gender” what if I was genderfluid and I liked men and women. I can’t identify as bisexual? That makes no sense! It completely takes away the second part of the definition. It’s not adding to the original definition, it’s changing it entirely…so that people who USED to identify as bi no longer can. And for what? To add in attraction of other genders? That’s what polysexual is for! LOL.
3. As a community, or in general, it’s difficult for people to understand the difference between sex, gender and sexuality and how none of the three are linked to each other in the slightest. When we change the definition of bisexual, you are linking your gender with your sexual preference. Keeping them separate makes the most sense to me. Your gender shouldn’t follow your sexuality around.
4. Since gender is so fluid, technically speaking when you are polysexual you aren’t attracted to a different SEX, than someone who is bisexual, you are just attracted to peoples behaviors (their gender.) Again why the definitions should not be changed in the way they are suggesting. Bisexual = attraction to two binary genders and sexes. Men and women. Polysexual (technically speaking) is the same as bisexual + other genders.