Bi/Pan Superiority Complexes and Blind Faith in Kinsey

November 25, 2009 at 9:01 AM (Uncategorized) ()

Not content to let heterosexuals monopolize the market on positioning one sexuality as superior to all others, some bisexuals, pansexuals, and other sexually “fluid” people have gotten in on the game. All over the internet, you can find:

“I’m bisexual/pansexual/fluid/whatever. I fall in love with the person, not their genitals.”

NEWSFLASH: No one falls in love with what’s between people’s legs, or any other body part for that matter. Body parts don’t even really fit in with the way “love” is used in the English language, so the concept makes no sense. In trying to perpetuate this ridiculously false distinction between themselves and people who aren’t open to having relationships with anyone and everyone, with the glaringly obvious implication that there is something undesireable about being discriminating with regard to the bodies one wants to date/have sex with, it is clear to see that these people think that being bisexual/pansexual/whatever-other-multisexual-terms-there-are is somehow ideal, more natural, or superior to heterosexuality and homosexuality.

Another grab for dominance in the sexuality arena comes from those who “believe,” or, in some cases, insist, that “sexuality is fluid.” For some reason, they feel the need to take the fact that the type of person/people they want to fuck changes every other week and extrapolate it to the rest of the human population.

Google hits for “my sexuality is fluid”: 26
Google hits for “sexuality is fluid”: 6,610,000

Some people’s sexuality might be subject to change. That doesn’t mean that this is true for everyone.

Some part of the unilateral insistence that sexuality in general is fluid is the acceptance of the Kinsey Scale and its implications (and, perhaps to a lesser extent, other sexuality models such as the Klein Grid) as The Gospel Truth. Of course, Kinsey’s actual research and methodology aren’t referenced nearly as often as the scale. This helps to obscure the fact that his definition of sexuality is markedly different from that used in everyday language, which would force people to recognize that his sexuality model is at best misleading and, at worst, completely inappropriate, as a basis for the conceptualization of “sexuality” as “fluid,” at least, without further qualification of the meaning of “sexuality.”

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3 Comments

  1. berryblade said,

    So true. It really bugs me when people try and bring Kinsey into an argument. Especially given his attitude on rape.

    Followed a link over from FAB matters and have been enjoying my reading, mind if I add you to my blog roll?

  2. Imaginary said,

    While I happen to believe in the power of the mind to influence and change sexuality (I chose to be a lesbian for instance), I have noticed that bisexuals womin tend to cling to the label not because of any genuine affection for womin but because it’s trendy.

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