Over in Australia a new study – conducted by Deakin University – investigated relationships between bisexual men and women on a broader scale to challenge biphobic stereotypes often surrounding such relationships.
The findings will be discussed in a new book titled ‘Women in Relationships with Bisexual Men – Bi Men By Women’.
During the study, researchers interviewed a number of women from different demographics, sexualities, and geographic backgrounds who had in common that they were in a relationship with a bisexual man.
Many of the women praised the “emotional depth, sexual intimacy and equitable gender dynamic of their mixed-orientation relationship”, with some claiming that they would never be with a heterosexual man again.
“Through this research and book it is my hope that we can stop presenting only the stereotypical story,” Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli from Deakin’s School of Health and Social Development said in a statement.
“That all bisexual men are untrustworthy and have secret affairs; that all bisexual men transmit HIV and STI to women; that all bisexual men are abusive to their women partners.
“While we found these issues are certainly out there and we don’t shy away from discussing them, we need to lift the stigma for the women who choose to be in relationships with bisexual men and indeed say that bisexual men make better lovers and fathers,” Pallotta-Chiarolli added.
“A common element among all the women in healthy and happy relationships was open communication with their partners as they designed, negotiated and maintained the ground rules and boundaries of their relationships.”