T O P I C ††† R E V I E W
Member # 102190
posted 01-23-2013 01:15 AM
Hi. I joined because I could really use some advice. Iíve been reading your website for at least a year, and Iíve read some of your responses to people who seem to be going through similar things to what I am, but I figured setting it all out would be helpful as well.
Iím confused about my orientation. Iíve known I was confused since I was 15 (Iím now 21), but when I tried asking a friend of mine, who had recently come out as bi, she didnít take me seriously. Looking back, I think she thought I was trying to mimic her or something. Anyway, after that I didnít want to try again, so I kept everything to myself. I acknowledged that it was possible that I was bi Ė at the time I didnít consider that I could be a lesbian Ė but since I didnít want to date anyone from my school (and not long after I started home schooling so the matter was mute), so I didnít consider figuring it out to be a high priority. It doesnít really help that my mother doesnít seem to have a set opinion about other sexualities Ė she goes from not believing in lesbians to making occasionally liberal comments. Anyway, in the last few years, since starting uni, Iíve started thinking about it again. I tried to fit in with my motherís idea of a Ďnormal girlí, which included dating a guy, (followed by marriage and giving her grandchildren) but it doesnít really feel right. I donít know, it could be because I feel we suit each other or something. Anyway, I started to reconsider who Iíve been attracted to before, and realised that, while Iíve found men attractive before, Iíve only truly Ďlikedí one guy romantically before, and he was Ė forgive me if Iím misusing the term Ė Ďmetrosexualí. Other guys Iíve Ďlikedí were because I decided they Ďwould doí, and I suppose the fact that they had no interest in me was a contributing factor. I spent almost 4 years following a boy in my year in high school around because I was pretending I liked him Ė and I was pretty much aware of that fact from the start, even if I did try convincing myself otherwise. Thinking of girls that I think I might have liked, on the other hand, is much easier. I can name three without having to think too hard (the first being the friend I mentioned earlier), whilst it was a struggle to think of one guy. Seeing it all set out like this it looks rather obvious, but I still feel so confused. I mean, I find some men very attractive, but I feel more connected to other women. My boyfriend does nothing for me sexually, I donít even like kissing him, nor did I enjoy kissing the only other boy I got close to dating (we decided being friends worked much better for us both), but I donít really consider any particular gender whilst masturbating. I mentioned the last bit because I saw this brought up with others asking the same questions I am. I know you probably wonít give me a clear cut answer on this, but I need another opinion. Thanks in advance.
Member # 3
posted 01-23-2013 11:06 AM
Listening to you, it sounds like you've thought and voiced -- fairly consistently, no less -- a feeling that you are bisexual. That doesn't sound confused to me at all, it sounds very consistent, with the variance from that place only or mostly being about what you thought other people thought about you or expected of you.
I'd also suggest maybe replacing the word "confused" with "questioning." Even though, like I said, I really don't hear you questioning yourself so much here as I hear other people's static, or worries about other people's static making you feel like you couldn't go with your gut on this. No one has to figure all of this out at any given time, and most people won't be able to early on. That's okay: it's not like it's required, at any point, we know what our orientation is or make any kind of lifelong commitment to a given sexual identity. I'm less concerned with how you identify, and more concerned with what sounds like a situation, or more than one, where you might be getting involved or sexual with people you don't really want to or have those feelings for, since that usually doesn't feel so hot, physically or emotionally. I hear you saying the way you've been going about dating hasn't felt right to you: how about going with your gut, rather than with what your mother or anyone else wants, and basing your dating life and choices on what DOES feel right to you?
Member # 102190
posted 01-23-2013 04:35 PM
Hi, thanks for your response. I've already decided that I need to break up with my boyfriend, but I won't be able to until March - I'm currently on a research trip out of the country, and I don't want to be one of those people who break up over the phone or by text message.
It's not so much that I'm uncertain about being bisexual, its that I'm not sure if I like men at all. When I started reconsidering all of the people I thought I had liked, I realised that I wasn't sure if I truly had liked the men I thought I had, or if I convinced myself I did because I was trying to fit in with what my mother wanted.
Member # 102190
posted 01-23-2013 04:42 PM
Even the guy I think I may have actually liked had something feminine about him that I just couldn't put my finger on (which is why I wasn't sure about the term 'metrosexual').
(I accidentally hit the 'add reply' button on the second post when I did)
Member # 3
posted 01-23-2013 05:10 PM
I hear you.
But chances are you're probably not going to be able to really land on how you feel about women sexually or romantically, at least not in as solid a way as it sounds like you want, if a) you're only pursuing or having those relationships with men, b) you're making choices about these relationships based on what other people want you to do, not what you want, and c) until you actually explore NOT dating men when you don't want to, and start exploring dating women. It also sounds like you might need some time to kind of air out your heart and mind when it comes to this, per letting go of all the messaging you've gotten about who you are "supposed" to date, who "normal women" are and all that jazz. So, maybe in the interim, you can start by at least identifying yourself as someone questioning, and maybe further, if this is what feels right to you, as someone who may be either bisexual, and if so, suspects she may be a bisexual woman who is more strongly interested in women, or lesbian?
Member # 102190
posted 01-23-2013 08:11 PM
I suppose I'm in a better position for self relfection now than I was until recently - I have over a month to myself in which to think about it.
Thanks for you're advice, this is the first time I've really been able to discuss this with anyone. Bindi
Member # 102190
posted 10-27-2013 07:27 AM
Just thought I'd give you an update, and give my thanks for your help. First off, the relationship I was in when I first posted is long over - something I'm very thankful for. While I haven't dated anyone since then (I didn't want to get too involved when everything was so up in the air for me), I have spent the last year exploring things by myself, and though my conclusions may have seemed rather obvious (and are by no means set in stone), to openly acknowledge them (if only to myself and anyone reading this post), is like a massive weight has been lifted from the back of my mind. I've figured out that my sexuality is nowhere near as cut and dried as I had once hoped. I suppose I fall under the umbrella of 'bisexual', in that I am attracted to both genders, but in different ways. Though I'm definitely attracted to men, it's more asexual than sexual. By that, I mean I feel attracted to their appearance and personality, and in some cases desire a relationship, but feel no real desire to move that relationship to a sexual level. Women, on the other hand, I appreciate visually and personally (as I mentioned in my first post), as well as sexually (although at the moment I don't think I'm an overly sexual person anyway). I can see myself getting in a far deeper relationship with a woman than I currently feel comfortable being in with a man. I'm not yet anywhere near ready to come out to anyone I know about this yet (I have no illusions to how I would be received), but I have been working on my mother. It'll probably take a while. Bindi
Member # 3
posted 10-27-2013 10:52 AM
I am SO glad to hear you feeling so much less burdened, and that you've found some more clarity and peace.
Happy to have been of help!