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Does 'bisexual' wrongly imply that there are only two genders?

  • Three genders, two sexes.

    In English there are three genders, masculine, neutral and feminine. Terms such as 'bisexual' imply that it is the other person's sex (male-female) that affects the libido. In fact, if one is 'heterosexual', not only are they not attracted to all persons of the other sex but not even to most. A male can be sexually aroused by another male who presents as an attractive woman. It is, therefore, the gender (masculinity-femininity) that is the basis of attraction. 'Bisexual' is, therefore, meaningless.

  • Yes, it's hard to classify everyone so simply

    Yes, male and female are the prevailing genders. But what about the person who is born without any sexual organs? What do you call that? What about someone born with both? There are a lot of grey areas where one cannot say if someone is male or female. It follows, then, that saying someone is bisexual is playing into this idea.

  • Definitions have changed

    With the revelation that, yes, there are more than two genders (we simply haven't found names or identifiers for them, but we have very good reason to believe they exist), the definition of bisexuality has adapted to fit it and to differentiate from pansexuality. Bisexuality denotes an attraction to two groups of people: those of your own gender and those of other genders. Those that fit under pansexuality usually do not notice gender and are generally attracted more to a certain set of features

  • It's a Loosely Fitting Term

    We're forgetting that there are wide variations of bisexual people. The basic implies that you are sexually attracted to 2 genders, although sometimes, in order to avoid explaining the whole "genders out side of the spectrum" speech, some pansexuals will tell people they are bisexual. There are also people who are sexually attracted to more then two genders, but identify as bisexual anyway. Honestly, the solution would be to stop getting so caught up in labels and just accept people as they are.

  • It's a Loosely Fitting Term

    We're forgetting that there are wide variations of bisexual people. The basic implies that you are sexually attracted to 2 genders, although sometimes, in order to avoid explaining the whole "genders out side of the spectrum" speech, some pansexuals will tell people they are bisexual. There are also people who are sexually attracted to more then two genders, but identify as bisexual anyway. Honestly, the solution would be to stop getting so caught up in labels and just accept people as they are.

  • No, There Are Only Two Genders

    People seem to be mislabeling on a grand scale. "Gender" means the same thing as "sex" in this usage of the word since parents try to coddle their children so much that hearing the word "sex" in any context is abhorrently dirty. "Gender" refers to what you got between your legs both outside and inside regardless of what you were born with. "Gender identity" refers to how you feel, all that cisgender and genderqueer biznaz. Romantic attraction and sexual attraction are two different concepts, and they do not always go hand-in-hand. Sexual orientation literally means what you are sexually attracted to. Romantic orientation is the same for what you are romantically attracted to. There are only two genders: male and female. But just because there are variations does not make another whole new gender of its own. Stop trying to grab at notoriety and if you're bisexual, then own it. Obviously, I don't believe in pansexuality. Not only is it a useless redundancy for the sake of hoarding notoriety, but it is largely considered offensive by trans people, so that's a pretty moot label.

  • You're getting nitpicky

    I doubt anyone labels themselves as "Bisexual" meaning they are specifically only attracted to cisgendered non-intersexed men and cisgendered non-intersexed women. Otherwise we could use "bi" meaning two and say that a gay man who is open to relationships with transmen is really bisexual. Every variation at least falls between male and female (well except agendered but then the person was born with a body of one or the other sex even if they've surgically altered themselves to look more agendered) so bisexual meaning attracted to male and female covers it.

  • Bisexuality does not imply that there are only two genders.

    There are four gender identities. Male, female, genderneutral and genderqueer. However, bisexuality is an attraction to only people with male female gender identities that match their physical form. An attraction to all four genders is called pansexuality or omnisexuality. The use of the prefix bi implies not that only two genders exist, but that people who identify as such are only attracted to two genders, stated previously.

  • Bisexuality is a sexual preference, not a gender descriptor.

    Until the 1970's the words gender and sex were used interchangeably and simply referred to whether a person was male or female. A man by the name of John Money changed the meaning of the word gender to be more of how we identify ourselves rather than what physical sex we were born as; either male or female. Human sexuality is a fairly new concept that was developed when homosexuality started to be embraced as an alternative sexual lifestyle. Bisexuality followed as a trend soon after when people became confused about which gender/sex they preferred, and so decided that they were attracted to both. In the end there are only two genders/sexes, and they are male and female. Just because some are making an attempt to skew the lines between gender and sexuality, doesn't make it in any way a reality.

  • No, bisexual is simply referring to male and female.

    Being a bisexual myself, I am attracted to both boys and girls, but no genders beyond that. If you have attractions to all genders, then you could classify yourself under pansexual/omnisexual, or if there are simply certain genders that you are attracted to that lie outside the traditional dichotomy of male/female, then you can rightfully label yourself polysexual.

  • Only Two Genders Exist

    As in all of nature, there are two genders of each creature on earth. Scientific alteration or natural regression of a gene that renders a creation or person as "non-gendered" or "dual gendered" (or "other gendered") does not infringe on the "bi-sexual" nature of creation. Bisexual is a term that implies sexual preference of a human, but if that human wants to orient themselves toward all "naturally or scientifically altered" genders, it is their right to do or say so.

  • What are the other genders?

    No, this term does not "wrongly imply" the existence of only two genders. There are only two genders. A person really only functions as one or the other gender at any given time, so a third gender existing to involve both makes very little sense. There is male and there is female in all life on Earth. Even if both exist within one creature, there are still two genders involved.


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