Shedding light on bisexuality in France

In order to rectify a "lack of social recognition" and to reduce "invisibility due to difficulty in understanding bisexuality in statistical surveys", the National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED) published a study about bisexuality.  

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Why this story matters:

For this study, INED surveyed 27,268 people aged between 20 and 69 years old in France. It found that 0,9% of women identifies as bisexual versus 0,6% of men.

The study was unlike previous research because it differentiated between "attraction for both sexes, having sexual relations with both sexes and how people define themselves".

According to the data obtained, 65% of women and 45% of men surveyed who have had homosexual relations still consider themselves heterosexual. 

Both sexes tend to have their first sexual relations with the opposite sex. INED also points out that the data could show bisexual people are struggling to find partners. Indeed, 70% of bisexual men are single and so are 42% of bisexual women. 

Finally, the study states that most bisexual people are primarily attracted to the opposite sex: 58% for women, 47% men.

Details from the story:

  • 0.9% of women affirms they are bisexual versus 0.6% of men.
  • The study shows 65% of women and  45% of men surveyed consider themselves heterosexual, even if they had same sex relations.
  • Both sexes mostly had their first sexual relation with the other sex (77,2% of men and 88,8% of women).
  • 70% of bisexual men are single and so are 42% of women. 
  • Bisexual women are on average younger -- 30 years old -- than bisexual men who are closer to 40. 

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