Is Bisexuality Real

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Ethan SteinMarch 2009
English 120At HomeEssay #4

Human Sexuality has long been a heated debate in almost all societies. Initially, simply being attracted to someone of the same sex (homosexuality) was classified as a mental disorder that needed treatment. In 2006, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) discontinued considering homosexuality a psychological disorder unless “sexual orientation becomes and object of distress for the individual”. In this day and age where homosexuality is slowly beginning to become more accepted particularly in large, liberal cities - a new question arises - is it possible to be attracted to both men and women? Some say that we are biologically programmed to be attracted to a certain gender. I must disagree with this idea. Bisexuality is in fact very real and applies to many people.

The first and primary reason I have to support my belief is evolution, both biologically and societal. Many people over the years have proven to become more accepting to many things. There was a time when people who didn’t attend church were looked down upon. There was a time when people with black skin were considered to be inferior to those with white skin. There was a time when women were considered to be inferior to men. There was and still is a time where people look down upon those who fall in love with people of the same gender. There is an outstanding progression in acceptance of different traits, beliefs, and values in society. Now this brings out the question - were these people always bisexual and attracted to members of both sexes and afraid to admit it due to society? Or does it mean that people have physically evolved to feel attracted to members of both sexes? I am willing to argue it is the second of these theories. Evolution has shown that people change over time, and the general trend is that many people have been becoming more liberal and open-minded. In today’s liberal society what’s to say that people are...
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