From bisexual to freesexual?

Can concepts be suppressing phenomenon? It might be tempting to name bisexuality "The X File", for different reasons. The different sexualities as we know them are constructed categories that was conceived in the 19th century. The scientist Krafft-Ebing reclassified homosexuality from a category into a diagnosis, and then emphasized heterosexuality as the normative and healthy counterpart. This can be said to be an indirect transformation of the sins of the different religions into the early scientific disorders. Before this the philosophy was more impressed by Christianity, who claimed that all sexuality that was not done with the purpose of bearing children was sinful (sodomy).

After a while the concepts heterosexuality and homosexuality was changed into identities, and this dualistic dichotomy philosophy nearly "abolished" anything in between - even though scientists and sexologists, like Stekel and others, claimed that an individual is born bisexual (even Freud claimed this). This abolishment is also highly present in our modern day society, where bisexuality is often regarded as a "kinky fantasy", or even mocked with phrases like: "double as many to choose from", or harassed : "halfway out of the closet" (common in gay community's) and "sexually confused" / "identity confusion".

Even though Kinsey, the modern sexology's father, in his extensive post-war studies showed a large bisexual propagation, the dualistic philosophy is still regarded strongly - even among modern scientists - regardless of the many studies that show that bisexual fantasies and experiences is increasing. Most of the informants to these studies regard themselves as heterosexual.

The science and studies around homosexuality has "always" been a major science area, and it has occasionally been guided by the desire to find "The Cure" - while bisexuality has been shown a relatively low, even assumed, interest - both in political and scientific community's. Could the reason be that bisexuality disturbs the binary/categorical thinking too much?

In an article in the "Standford Law Review", Naomi Mesey makes this radical claim (direct quotation) : «...straights collectively attempts to preserve a »heterosexual ethic«, that is, an ethic that heterosexuality has a monopoly on sexual virtue. In order for the heterosexual ethic to present itself as congruent with virtue, however, the homosexual ethic must be presented as congruent with vice. The survival of the heterosexual ethic is thus dependent on a binary worldview of »right and wrong, or health and sickness, or heterosexual and homosexual«. Mesey describes the martial rhetoric of homophobia as arising out of this dependence. She then astutely notes that the real enemy to the heterosexual ethic is not the named enemy of homosexuality, but the unnamed enemy of bisexuality. By deconstructing the straight/gay binary, bisexuality reveals that it cannot be isomorphic with the virtue/vice binary. It thus threatens the heterosexual ethic at the collective level as well as threatening heterosexual identity at the individual level».

So, maybe homophobia can easier be understood as biphobia? One of the greatest authorities among the scientific field of i.a. sexual orientation - John Money, Doctor, Endocrinologist and Sexologist) - claimed that homophobia is simply malignant bisexuality (these claims were made as a result of his clinical experience). His claims were later supported also by laboratory experiments on homophobia, conducted by Henry Adams.

Regardless - what we have today is a huge stigmatization of this "group", who are almost left with both an identity and belonging. They get "pushed" into classifications that often feels like strait jackets. The binary established categories, at best, offer them "half" an identity, and "half" a belonging.

Take into consideration that we now know - solidly anchored in research : the worst thing a human can be exposed to is isolation... We can safely say that it's highly alarming that this largest of all minorities (regardless of what colour scale one chooses to use), also is the most invisible - both in the public, and the private room.

Translated by Morten Wattø

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