However, 5.5% of women and 2% of men identified as bisexual, a marked increase over the 3.9% of women and 1.2% of men who responded in the CDC's previous family growth survey from 2006 to 2010. Even women who didn't identify as bisexual reported higher rates of sexual contact with other women than before (17.4% of all women did, up from 14.2% in the previous survey).
While the community of people who identify as bisexual may be growing, they still face a number of stereotypes: That they're "easy" or kinky by default, never have trouble getting a date, or are "just going through a phase" — and both gay and straight people perpetuate the stigma. Of course, the only "proof" you need to respect the identity of someone who says they're bisexual…is that they say they're bisexual. Easy, right?