JOIN
OUR EMAIL LIST!
Oleksandra Korobova/Getty Images

When you stop trying to put people in boxes and let them identify themselves, it's amazing what can happen.


The amount of Americans who identify as bisexual has increased in the last decade by 2.2%:

3.3% total, up from 1.1% in 2008.






What's more, the rise in bisexual identification is mainly from women.

Share of adults in the US identifying as gay, lesbian or bisexual* www.theatlas.com


5.6% of US women consider themselves bisexual, compared to .6 percent of US men.

Share of adults in the US identifying as bisexual* www.theatlas.com


"Some people have said that this means new people are identifying this way, but I think actually this is an illustration of what happens as sexual tolerance becomes more mainstream," sociologist Tristan Bridges told The Daily Mail.

"It becomes less scary to sort of publicly identify yourself (as LGBTQ) even in an anonymous survey."






Quartz.com attributes this new "safety" in identifying in the LGBTQ community to a few things.

"For one, there have been more (and more favorable) representations of queer people in the news, on television, and in film over the past two decades, with 2018 seeing record growth in LGBTQ roles on TV, with queer people of color outnumbering their straight, white counterparts by 50% to 49%, according to GLAAD's annual TV diversity report. The study also noted that Netflix is the streaming platform that has the highest percentage of LGBTQ characters, dominating outlets like Hulu and Amazon Prime."







It also went along party lines:

"Democrats were significantly more likely than Republicans to identify as bisexual (4.5 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively). Some 3.3 percent of independents said they were bisexual in 2018."

Which correlates to a rise in LGBTQ candidates running for political office. For example, Kyrsten Sinema, who identifies as bisexual, in the Senate.

And with the popularity of Pete Buttigieg running for the presidency, the picture of LGBTQ people in the US is more welcoming than ever before.

So go on out and take pride.

Proudly declare your sexuality in an anonymous survey, or whatever. It will pay off.

Disney/YouTube

As a child, I saw Sleeping Beauty and could not get over how messed up Maleficent was. She cursed a child because she wasn't invited to the birthday party?! Who does that?! Has she never heard of therapy?

She later turns into a dragon to try and kill a prince before he can reach the film's titular character and save the day. It's a downright creepy scene, actually. Short but thrilling.

And what about Cinderella? Who knew Disney movies could introduce us to the horrors of child abuse? The Evil Stepmother needs a therapist, too. (Did you know that both Maleficent and the Evil Stepmother were voiced by the same actress? It probably explains a lot.)

After Redditor shoopdahoop22 asked the online community, "What's the darkest Disney movie?" people shared their suggestions.

Keep reading... Show less

Time flies... before you know it, it's gone. Suppose there are things you really want to do: Getting into certain habits is a lot easier to do when you're younger. It's a lot easier to go to the gym and exercise on a regular basis, for example, when you're in 20s than when you're in your 30s, 40s, or 50s.

But there's nothing wrong with starting now––you'll notice the benefits eventually.

After Redditor Tr0az asked the online community, "What do you wish you started doing from a young age?" people shared their stories.

Keep reading... Show less
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

There are basic life lessons that are life-saving and cost-effective that we are all intimidated by but, in actuality, they take all of a few minutes to acquire. We all condition ourselves to believe that certain skills in life are just too complex for regular joes to master. The truth is... you do not need an Ivy League degree to learn how to clean out the water heater, clip your pet's nails, or change out a toilet. Who knew? So many of us have been forced to acquire new skills while we've been trapped at home and we're going to be better off for it.

Redditor u/goodspeed19 wanted to know what lessons we should all be learning while stuck in quarantine that will make us more useful in the future by asking..... What's a skill you can learn in 30 minutes to one hour that is extremely useful/cool?
Keep reading... Show less
Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

When I was heading into high school from middle my guidance counselor and my parents wanted me to enter into "gifted" classes because I was able to maintain a high GPA. They thought it would give me a head start for a great college and then prime me for the Presidency. I protested and negotiated signing up for merely "advanced" classes, God forbid I go with "regular" classes, or we all just get the same education. I have never regretted it.

Keep reading... Show less