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Bisexuality, the Curious Cat
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Written by Indu   
Wednesday, 26 April 2006 03:29
Last week, Pleinelune examined the problems bisexuals face. In the last part of this series, she explores the nemesis of lesbians everywhere: the bicurious woman.

It is a Saturday night, and you head off to the club for a night out with the girls. After knocking back a few drinks, you notice a hot girl standing off to the corner of the bar, nervously looking around. You head over to her, ask her for a dance. During one of the slow dances, you get close... you kiss. You take her home, and give her the best sex she has ever had in her life, though it seems that she has little idea what to do.

You wake up with her the next morning, and she’s talking to her boyfriend on the phone.

Damn. The bicurious woman strikes again.

If lesbians hate bisexual women, they hate bicurious women even more, though in many quarters, bicuriousity is equated with bisexuality. *cough*Fridae*cough* To reiterate the existing stereotypes: they break lesbian hearts by the dozen, and leave them for a man with a big dick and a bigger wallet. Or worse, they grope girls in the club in order to attract attention from men.


While Pleinelune makes no judgement about the truth of these stereotypes, she has to make a crucial distinction in this discussion, as she did previously. Bicuriousity is natural, because most people are generic bisexuals [outside the range of 2.5-3.5 on the Kinsey scale]  hence they are not to be equated with true-type bisexuality.

Bicuriousity is often termed as a passing phase and this is one judgement which is right. While one may identify as bisexual for a lifetime, it is quite impossible to keep identifying as bicurious forever  because by the very definition of bicuriousity, of a person being ‘curious’ about the other side. It is very much like an activated complex of a chemical reaction: it is not stable, and will form back into the reactants or products. Eventually, you will decide whether you have gay tendencies to any extent, or are straight. One can decide that one is gay, bisexual, straight, or to be more modern and inclusive, pomosexual, or simply queer. In effect, bicuriousity is the stage where one decides where one lies on the scale, to decide on one’s identity, whether this judgement is accurate or not, depends on the person.

Many bicurious women do eventually go on to identify as gay or bi. Many do not after a night of pussy, they might decide that the dick is what they really want. This is the part where most lesbians get angry, for one, it is through ‘experimenting’ with some unknowing lesbian that a bicurious woman gains this knowledge. And furthermore, if a woman return to a ‘straight lifestyle’ after she has tried women, it implies that somehow, lesbianism is ‘inadequate’ and ‘lacking’. It reinforces the stereotype that 1. Lesbianism is a passing phase, and 2. All lesbians need is to find a good man.

Bicuriousity is often associated with Lesbians Until Graduation (LUGs), as women in college, free from restriction on part of their from their parents, and distant from the realities of life in the real world, find themselves free to explore their other side. And eventually, most of these woman go on to marry a dude and have three kids after they leave college, further fuelling the ‘lesbianism as a passing phase’ stereotype.

Unfortunately, things aren’t that clear-cut. Perhaps these women have ‘experimented’ and found out that they do like women to some extent ‘ but perhaps not to the extent they would give up their heterosexual privileges. It is too much effort, in our world, to be really gay, to love someone of the same sex.

Even then, considering all these points, a counter-revolution is taking place in our world. It is now considered, in parts of the world which are more open-minded, cool to be sleeping with other women. Perhaps fuelled by the porn industry, which caters to straight men’s fantasies about two women, or the media, which is increasingly exploiting lesbianism for its shock and deliciously scandalous value. Some straight or bicurious women would be seeing this as hetero-male erectification tool. Celebrities use it as a publicity stunt- Madonna/Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan etc, would come to mind.

But the media, along with the public, is a two-faced hypocrite: it is alright to make out with middle-aged women on national TV, but it isn’t alright for Ellen DeGeneres to be gay? Industry insiders can tell you how hard she worked to rebuild her career after she came out. In other words, it is cool to be appearing to ‘do’ gay, but not to actually be gay.

The original meaning of the word bicurious, and to a greater extent, bisexual, has been lost among these webs of social hypocrisy, so much so that even we lesbians are befuddled. Any girl who dares to declare that she is “curious” immediately gets the cold shoulder from close-minded lesbians. You would be surprised how even some “activists” don’t see you as part of the community unless you are totally gay and sure.

Pleinelune is definitely not bicurious, but remembers a time when she was, just about the time Dinosaurs still walked on earth. She wishes all bicurious women good luck in finding their way in this strange voyage through their own sexuality – and if any of them need a guiding light through this difficult time, she will be more than happy to light a match for them.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 February 2010 17:48
 

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# jjade 2010-02-01 21:19
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jade said,

April 26, 2006 at 9:35 pm

i beg to differ! i come from the queer theory camp so this whole homo/hetero/bi trinary doesn’t sit well with me. They don’t exist, meaning there isn’t such a thing as the original homosexual or bisexual person amongst others. there exists only varied preferences in sex and it’s no different from me liking chicken while another doesn’t.

i don’t think then, that it’s right to condemn the bi-curious or curious-anything for not sitting themselves nicely within constructs..

and those girls who grope girls just for attention? They’re absolutely ridiculous and not worth anyone’s time. what they’re doing has nothing to do with sexuality.
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# pleinelunee 2010-02-01 21:19
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pleinelune said,

April 26, 2006 at 9:54 pm

That’s exactly what I am saying? That we shouldn’t condemn them, and we should let them continue along their journey of self-discovery. and if you’ve read my past articles, I have already made the point that sexuality is a continuum, and here, I’ve said that bicuriousity is a way to discover where you sit on the continuum. Please read carefully before you jump on it….
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# jjade 2010-02-01 21:19
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jade said,

April 26, 2006 at 10:35 pm

i totally agree on that part, my bad. but i had a problem with you ending sentence about “finding yourself” (for lack of a better word) which is why i wrote the response in the first place. why must one go through the tumultuous phase of finding out which label she belongs to?
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# pleinelunee 2010-02-01 21:19
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pleinelune said,

April 26, 2006 at 11:12 pm

Firstly, once one acknowledges that one is bicurious, they have already kickstarted that process of finding where on the continuum they belong to, or simply want to call themselves as “pomosexual” or queer or whatever. I did not say they had to conform to any label – only to discover and be true to who they are. What’s wrong with that?
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# encloset 2010-02-01 21:20
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encloset said,

April 28, 2006 at 2:30 am

It is ‘tumultous’ enough to discover your gay tendencies, why strained it further with labels?

Having said that, I am, what you may call bisexual but I prefer to be known simply as a woman. Who loves women.

All these other labels are acceptable if they are meant to further unify and not otherwise.

Don’t ostracize me just because I’m a little different. (Aren’t we all?)
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# pleinelunee 2010-02-01 21:20
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pleinelune said,

April 28, 2006 at 8:09 pm

Geez… how many times do I have to say this? I never said anyone had to conform to a label… I am quite against labels myself. Furthermore, I specifically stated that one didn’t have to put oneself within the trinary, and were to use words like “queer” and pomosexual… which are all-encompassing and inclusive.
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# xSpert 2010-02-01 21:20
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xSpert said,

May 17, 2006 at 4:44 pm

I found it interesanting this part “You take her home, and give her the best sex she has ever had in her life, though it seems that she has little idea what to do.

You wake up with her the next morning, and she�s talking to her boyfriend on the phone.

Damn. The bicurious woman strikes again.

If lesbians hate bisexual women, they hate bicurious women even more”…….. Hey she’s just curious……. so what’s the problem? OK, it can take you personally when you’re rejected, but if she’s just curious….. than you can’t blame her!!!
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# lindsay 2010-02-01 21:20
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lindsay said,

December 7, 2006 at 3:56 pm

wow….i personally think that anyone that says they are bi-curious either hasn’t figured out that they’re gay yet or don’t have the guts to say that they are bi-sexual.
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