Most bisexuals in the Netherlands do not feel the need to "get out of the closet." "They feel that this information is irrelevant and adds little. This is evident from a study by social geographer Emiel Maliepaard (29) of Radboud University.
Important but not comprehensive
According to the university, never before has research been done into the daily life of bisexuals. Four percent of Dutch people lead a bisexual life and 15 percent have feelings for both men and women. They describe their bisexuality as an important, but not a comprehensive, part of their lives and therefore believe that no emphasis should be placed on them.
"The emphasis on coming-out, also in TV programs, is not in line with everyday reality," says Maliepaard. "Even scientists say that you only close your sexual development and can enjoy freedom to the full. But most bisexuals do not agree with that. They do not make a secret of their feelings, but only talk about it with others they have chosen if that is relevant. ''
Unlike homosexuals, transgenders and lesbians, bisexuals hardly have "champions on the barricades," says Maliepaard. "This group has no political motive and does not want to be labeled." "For that reason, the national interest organization for bisexuals has only ten members according to Maliepaard. There is also no need for private cafes. There are meeting places, but they are mainly on the internet.