A recent article in The Guardian highlights an apparent cultural trend in the U.S.: More teenage girls are experimenting with bisexuality at earlier ages, often in an attempt to please their boyfriends or make themselves more attractive to the opposite sex.
Some "genuine" bisexuals aren't so thrilled, says the report. Here's a quote:
Girls who declare themselves to be bisexual to be trendy or impress boys may harm the cause of those who genuinely are. Oregon student Toby Hill-Meyer, who is researching how people define their sexuality, said that, because of the so-called bisexual chic, genuine bisexuals are turning away from the word. 'They don't want to be associated with that trendiness,' he told the Sun-Sentinel.
I think it's interesting that the article says some bisexuals are no longer using the "bi" word, but it doesn't say what word they are using. Ideas anyone?
The article also seems to suggest that girls who go through an experimental phase of bisexuality may be trivializing the experiences of actual bisexuals. But what about the possibility that at least some of these girls are genuinely unsure about their sexuality and want to gain some experience to figure things out. Perhaps many of these girls may go back to being straight, but it's very likely that some are truly bisexual. I don't see the point of discouraging these girls from safe explorations of their sexuality. It seems to me that's a good part of what adolescence is about. What do you think?