Pete has threatened to make this one of the Quiz questions. You have been warned.
Straight or gay. These are the two sexual orientations general society is seemingly happy to accommodate.
In 1948, sexologist Alfred Kinsey developed what is now known as the “Kinsey Scale”; a measure that ranges from zero to six in an attempt to help people identify their sexual desires.
Zero on the scale is exclusively heterosexual, six is exclusively homosexual, and everything in between is just that – something in between wholly straight, and wholly gay.
Many decades later, more specific terms have emerged to help minorities define themselves outside of the “one or the other” box.
Bisexual, for starters, is one you’ve definitely heard of but may not understand. Ratings one through five on the Kinsey Scale denote bisexuality in different measurements, with three being “equally heterosexual and homosexual”; a description society generally understands as bisexual.
However, the bisexuality spectrum is broader than that. Some are predominately attracted to one sex, but also attracted to another incidentally. Important to understand in comprehending bisexuality is its fluidity.
A bisexual person may feel varying levels of attraction at different periods of their life. Some even refer to themselves as hetero- or homoflexible, and some identify as bicurious, which is the mere curiosity of bisexuality without necessarily acting on it. Read more »