Well I sort of expected this biphobic reaction laced with anti-gay insinuations in a sense as it seems to be founded on a fear of persons being perceived to being on the downlow so as to avoid being outed as gay. There maybe some truth to that though as the gay for pay phenomenon is real, these days one only has to listen and hear the one liners in the latest dancehall songs hinting to supposed downlow men forcing or using wealth and materialism to "change" other men to commit same sex acts. I wondered aloud in a Facebook group if the study took into account behavioural bisexuality as well, which I doubt as bisexuality on a whole is not given the attention it deserves in general LGBT discourse or rights agitation and as for social interventions and recognition to double gender loving persons we know all too well the agencies here pay scant regard to that except for the occasional time as this or when bloggers mark the respective calender events.
One also has to take a look at how even the gay community views bisexuals or for all intents and purposes pansexual people who see no gay or bisexual label entrapping them.
Bisexual and pansexual identities often look the same
Lady Switch Hitters & the Boyfriends who complain ...
The Biphobia in the community (Gay, Lesbian) maybe higher than thought
see this older entry: “LGBT” advocates – nonengagement of bisexual issues = Biophobia by default
Several Jamaicans are questioning the credibility of a recent study that claims that one in every four Caribbean men is a bisexual.
The online study conducted by the Caribbean Men's Internet Survey (CARIMIS) has become the hot topic on the lips of many persons since yesterday and has sparked some level of controversy.
About 2,560 men are said to have participated throughout 33 territories. This would possibly mean that the survey included men from Jamaica as well.
Though the findings are preliminary, it was revealed that 15 per cent of those surveyed said they had sex with men but gave no labels, such as homosexual or bisexual to their acts.
Subsequent to the news being broken about the study, our news team sought to get some comments from several Jamaicans.
A number of the persons interviewed questioned its credibility and the sampling methods used.
Kirk Thomas, a bank employee, told THE STAR, "I don't believe in that survey because it doesn't identify the territories examined, ... one in every four ... my crew consist of 13 and mi sure I am not bisexual and none of my friends are so I can't agree with that survey."
Andrew Henry, a taxi man, expressed, "I know about myself, I don't think it is right. I think they did that survey down in the Lesser Antilles."
Interestingly, the gripping results have also resulted in numerous comments being left on Facebook.
Several males blasted the group that carried out the study on the social networking site.
One male wrote, "Lol ... these statistics are so dumb, would love to know how they came up with this ... The truth is we don't know squat, could be even more or less or not at all ... Personally I don't even accept it one out of four ... Come on."
Another wrote, "Not Jamaica ... Don't mix we up ... ."
On the other hand, several women proved to be more receptive to the findings.
One woman said, "Is true! Unno man is in denial"
In the meantime, THE STAR understands that the project, which was launched in November last year, was funded by the UNAIDS, the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
It is expected that the results will be handed over to regional governments in short order.
All of a sudden the Star News "Tell Me Pastor" has a letter from a man claiming his female partner is a deceptive bisexual, how convenient, see more here: Deceptive bisexual one wonders is these letters are real sometimes.