Mary Fischer, writing for Oprah.com (2009) and excerpted on CNN (2009), cites research by Lisa Diamond (see 1/17/08) and J. Michael Bailey (see 6/24/08 and 4/11/07) to discuss a "trend" for women's bisexuality. Blogger Rachel Kramer Bussell, on The Daily Beast (2009) suggests that fluidity may be gaining steam in male culture, even if it's "just an act."
Now, the unifying idea between both columns -- and neither of these are scientific sources -- is that greater social acceptance of non-heterosexuality is allowing people to express behaviors and feelings that they might otherwise repress. I will not go off on a J. Michael Bailey rant again (even if I break my jaw via tooth-grinding rage). My points from 2007-2008 still stand, and it looks like it will be too nice today for me to spend it angry. But I am a little baffled to see two pieces this week discussing the trendiness of bisexuality, and having them be aimed at both men's and women's sexuality. It makes me wonder how much "safer" a topic is rendered by having it be a "trend". I'm reminded of the statement: "it's just a phase." The minimizing word "just" seems telling there. It's a word I've been working to cut from my own vocabulary, having caught myself using it 3-4 times in a single sentence. But it seems to me that if these are otherwise-repressed urges, expecting them to go away if social conditions change is unrealistic.
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