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Encyclopedia of Human Development

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Encyclopedia of Human Development

Neil J. Salkind

Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412952484 | Print ISBN: 9781412904759 | Online ISBN: 9781412952484 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.

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Bisexuality

Judith Conoyer Bronson

The term bisexual can be used to refer either to people's sexual behavior or to their sexual identity. This distinction is made because behavior and self-selected labels do not always correspond. The prefix “bi” literally means two and is therefore used to refer to the dualistic nature of attraction to or sexual behavior with members of both sexes. In strictly behavioral terms, bisexuality indicates that an individual has had sexual experiences with members of both sexes. Based on research from the Kinsey Study on human sexuality, it is believed that as much as 28% of women and 46% of men have been behaviorally bisexual at some point in their lives. In terms of using bisexuality to refer to an individual's sexual identity, it applies to individuals who have chosen to identify, either outwardly or inwardly, as bisexual. In this case, bisexuality is believed to indicate the potential to feel While ...

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