Is everyone bisexual?
In short, no. Roughly 2.2% of women and 1.4% of men self-identify as bisexual. The number of people whose behavior is bisexual, but who choose to label themselves as straight, gay, or lesbian, is certainly much higher – about 3 to 4 times that – but still represents less than 10% of the population.
It’s not uncommon to hear people say things like “everyone is bisexual, deep down.” While usually well-intended, it’s not a particularly helpful comment. First of all, it’s simply not true. Most people are exclusively heterosexual. It’s neither fair or accurate to say that the majority is harboring secret same-sex attractions. Secondly, while sounding like a validation, these kinds of statements can actually contribute to bi erasure. Bi people are a significant proportion of the population, the second largest sexual orientation there is. Bi is a distinct and concrete sexuality, and bi people are a lot more than open-minded heterosexual or gay/lesbian people.
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