The, Romantic Attraction, Sexual Attraction And Sexual Behavior

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Bisexuality is romantic attraction,sexual attraction, or sexual behavior toward both males and females.A bisexual identity does not necessarily equate to equal sexual attraction to both sexes; commonly,people who have a distinct but not exclusive sexual preference for one sex over the other also identify themselves as bisexual. Bisexuality has been observed in various societies and elsewhere in the animal kingdom throughout recorded history. The term bisexuality, however, like the term hetero-and homosexuality was coined in the 19th century.

Ancient Greeks and Romans did not associate sexual relations with binary labels, as modern Western society does. Men who had male lovers were not identified as homosexual, and may have had wives or other female lovers.
Ancient Greek religious texts, reflecting cultural practices,incorporated bisexual themes. The subtexts varied from the mystical to the didactic. Spartans thought that love and erotic relationships between experienced and novice soldiers would solidify combat loyalty and unit cohesion, and encourage heroic tactics as men vied to impress their lovers. Once the younger soldiers reached maturity , the relationship was supposed to become non-sexual, but it is not clear how strictly this was followed, There was some stigma attached to young men who continued their relationships with their mentors into adulthood. For example, Aristophanes calls them euryprosopic, meaning “wide arses”, and depicts them like women. Similarly,…

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