Allen Rosenthal an American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) research scholar who was the lead author on Chicago’s Northwestern University’s groundbreaking 2011 study that confirmed that bisexual men exist and have different arousal patterns appeared on HuffPost Live segment entitled, “What Part Of Bisexual Don’t You Understand?“ As reported by the New York Times, in August, 2011, researchers at Northwestern University found evidence that men who identify themselves as bisexual are, in fact, sexually aroused by both women and men. This finding came as no surprise to bisexual men, who have long asserted that attraction often is not limited to one sex. But for many years the question of bisexuality in men had bedeviled scientists.
The segment was the second of two responses from the Bisexual Community that the Huffington Post posted in response to various comments made by a British Guest Blogger, Daniel Warner that many found ill advised. Among his comments in his piece of 26 November Warner said,
“As an adult I have never really given bisexuality much thought. When people described themselves as being bisexual I automatically assumed they were gay (if male), trying to make themselves more interesting (if female) or desperate to broaden their appeal and fan base (if famous).”
The first rebuttal response posted from the Bisexual Community was a piece entitled “We’re Not Bicurious – We’re Bifurious!“ by Lauren Connors and Matt Stanley, two bisexual representatives from the UK’s National Union of Students (NUS).
Then in a Huffington Post Live presentation, factual information from a variety of sources was presented to directly refute many of the myths and stereotypes Warner had asserted. During the segment which was hosted by Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, in addition to Rosenthal’s presentation of his scientific findings, also appearing to answer questions were bisexual author & blogger A.J. Walkley, bisexual magazine editor/publisher Neal Boulton, Ellyn Ruthstrom of the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC).
Several days after the rebuttal pieces began to appear, Warner began posting replies to various commentators to his original HuffPo article in which he indicated it had all been a misunderstanding and that he had meant his statements to be taken in jest. However in a puzzling development, he has now posted another piece to his person blog which included vitriolic attacks of a personal nature against bisexual people, much of which inexplicably seemed to concentrate of his extreme dislike of the the icons and artwork many of his critics used on their accounts as well as if he personally found them sexually attractive or not. Which is not the level of appropriate scientific, political and social discourse that had been expected.