A group of teenagers is gathered at a party. Music's playing; smuggled booze is flowing. Two girls grin sheepishly at each other as a crowd goads them on. It's not an unusual scene, according to South Florida high school students, who say the newest trend for teen girls isn't wearing the latest designer jeans or driving a cool car, but declaring themselves to be bisexual. Some do it because guys like it. And some do it just because they can. Jessie Gilliam, program manager for Youth Resource -- a national Web site created by and for gay, lesbian and bisexual young people -- says the trend is known as "bisexual chic," or in many cases, "faux bisexual.
It's Not Just a Phase!
The Office of National Statistics has released its latest data on sexual identities in the UK , and some striking patterns jump out — especially when it comes to bisexuality. Women are more likely to identity as bisexual 0. That last finding chimes with other studies in the UK and the US — but why should this be? Lesbians have historically been seen as a more dangerous breed, a direct challenge to patriarchal structures, perhaps explaining why women may be more likely to self-identify as bisexual. Among young people aged between 16 and 24, 1. In total 3. Just 0. A pessimistic view of why more young people are identifying as bisexual rather than as gay or lesbian might be that conservative, rigid and polarised understandings of what gender is still hold sway. Older generations grew up in a time where any orientation besides heterosexuality was taboo, stigmatised and often criminalised.
The Newest Teen Girl Fad--Bisexual Chic
During the teen years, youth consider their sexual orientation, figuring out which gender they are attracted to physically and emotionally. Teens who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual may find the road especially difficult. And the risk of suicide plans and attempts are high.
Bisexual teens are told to choose one or the other, and questioning teens are told they are confused. In fact, a new study shows that bisexual teens and girls who are questioning are more susceptible to depression, making it more important than ever that we listen to, value, and recognize all orientations and identities, and not just some. The Drexel University study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health , included a survey of 2, people between the ages of 14 and 24 with different sexual preferences. The researchers found that the teen girls and young women who identify as bisexual and questioning were more likely to report depression than those who identify as heterosexual. Teen girls and young women who are bisexual were also more likely to report that they were currently thinking about suicide than any other group in the study, and those who are bisexual, questioning, and lesbian were more likely to report ever having thought about suicide than heterosexual women. This may reflect an increasing societal acceptance of same-sex attraction and relationships. Since the study focused on sexual identities, it did not include transgender teens as a measure in the results. Keywords sexuality lgbtq bisexuality.