linguistics Updates Entry on ‘Bisexual’

Searching the word ‘bisexual’ on, now yields a more satisfying result.

You’ll still find the usual definitions for the biological sense of the term, but when it comes to the word as a sexuality or identity label a few changes have been made:


The new text is accompanied by an explanatory note which reads, in part, “The term is increasingly being used to refer to a level of sexual fluidity in which an individual moves bidirectionally along a spectrum of sexuality. This newer sense accounts for attraction to people who do not fall within the gender binary”.

The  word ‘bisexual’ has been defined by leading bi organisation as attraction to more than one gender since the early days of the movement, and a recent social media campaign calling for Merriam-Webster to update its own definition gained over… Continue reading