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This is Real Sex, Real Answers: An advice column that understands that sex and sexuality is complicated, and worth chatting about openly and without stigma — and that, sometimes, that means reaching out to a stranger on the internet for help. Rachel Charlene Lewis is a long-time reader and writer within the sexual wellness space, and is never not talking about sexuality. So why not the conversation? Just one of the many unfair, damaging things that marginalized people have to deal with is constantly navigating the space between being our most honest, truest selves and not wanting to feed into stereotypes.
Researchers asked more than bisexual women and those who report being attracted to more than one gender about their mental health, how open they are about their sexuality, their experiences with discrimination, and any symptoms of depression.
Among their findings is that bisexual women in relationships with heterosexual cisgender men were least likely to be open about their sexual orientation. Bisexual women in relationships with cisgender lesbian women, bisexual cisgender women partners, and bisexual cisgender men partners were more likely to be out than those partnered with heterosexual men. Researchers speculated that bi women may be more comfortable disclosing their sexual orientation when in a relationship with a woman.
Bisexual women are being failed by their partners: bi women dating cis straight men are the least likely to be out and here’s why
However, bi women were more likely to be out with a bisexual male partner than a heterosexual male partner, suggesting that a shared bisexual identity might be meaningful. Xavier Hall also said that bisexual women experience two forms of stigma: homophobia and monosexism. Monosexism is a kind of stigma experienced by individuals who are attracted to multiple genders, such as bisexuals, pansexuals and some other queer-identifying individuals.
The stigma derives from the idea that monosexual identities like gay or heterosexual are normal or superior to sexual identities that are gender inclusive, according to Xavier Hall.
The study also found that bisexual women with cisgender lesbian partners had fewer depressive symptoms compared to single bi women. A Gallup poll released last week estimates that over half of all LGBTQ adults identify as bisexualand of that, the majority are women.
Xavier Hall hopes that future research explores the specific health needs of bisexual women. IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser. Hispanic Heritage Month U. Share this —.
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