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How should bisexualy be defined? If you're talking about something like the Kinsey Scale, is anyone who's between a 1-5 considered bisexual? Or is it 2-4? Just 3?

I tend to think somewhere between 2-4.. maybe even pretty close to a 3. Something around there. I just don't believe that an iota of attraction is enough to count as being bisexual. Maybe it is technically, but practically speaking I don't think it makes sense. If I were to have an in-depth discussion with someone about my sexuality then all of the nuances could come out, but if I'm just using a label to basically describe it I'll say I'm a lesbian. Plus, the word lesbian doesn't just make people think of sex--it also evokes thoughts of dating, long term partnership, romance, etc. So I think all of that needs to be taken into account when choosing a label.

So yeah, that's my question and those are my thoughts. I've long wondered what other people think about this topic and this space seems like a great place to ask!

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If you're attracted to males and females in any sense of the word attraction, you're bisexual IMO

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Well said.

The same can then be asked of how lesbian is lesbian enough. I think those firmly lesbians fear that by being too inclusive it perpetuates critical stereotypes. I don't know how this dilemma can be resolved without either an expansion of labels or at least a clarification.

I also understand why someone would just say they are lesbian when their bi-tendencies are much more on the lesbian side. I would think that sometimes it is just for safeties sake, especially if some creep is harassing them.

I would love to see a middle ground. Unfortunately, I think that means an expansion of terms. Now as to terms, what kind of consensus do you need or is it more like a merging of terms. Could they use Bi-Lesbian or do you create a new term. Or is it impossible to please everyone so do as you will?

People as a group need to decide how exclusive or inclusive a term is and when it would be ok to skirt the meaning.

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I've been wondering the same thing. How much do I need to like men to be bisexual? I like the aesthetics of some men but I wouldn't want to date any of them. And a lot of where my attraction to men comes from is Hollywood and all of the actors that I really admire while thinking they're cute. So the power dynamic is there so should I count that when considering my over all sexuality? Sexuality is just so strange and nuanced that I don't know if there's an accurate answer for who should be labeled bisexual because there's this massive gray area in between all of the labels.

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"Lesbian" can also come with some cultural and social implications as well! I feel like that's whats irking some lesbians, there are certain stigmas that can be annoying or even detrimental. It's not really good form to try and take advantage of a label when you are unwilling to accept those parts too.

I try to avoid the label altogether and describe my actions. "Exclusively girls" is more accurate than "straight guy" for me because it communicates only what I mean and doesn't carry the weight of "straight".

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