Is everyone bi?
In short, no. Roughly 2.2% of women and 1.4% of men self-identify as bi. 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. Recent studies have shown that admission of bisexual attraction patterns is growing (largely due to increased acceptance), especially among millennials. Depending upon the study and the country, as many as 2/3 of young people polled admitted to having at least a little attraction to people of more than one sex.
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. Some people are bi, and some are not. 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, and it’s difficult to know just how large, but we aren’t 100% of the population. To pretend that we are would be to render the term meaningless and thus to erase the term altogether.
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