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Biphobia is Real…and Really Hurtful: Part 2

By Heather, an advocate. This is part two of a two-part series. This post is for partners, friends and parents of bi+ folks. Read the first post for bi+ folks here!

There are a lot of harmful myths out there about bisexual people and bisexuality. If you love someone who identifies as bisexual, (or pan- or polysexual, hetero- or homoflexible, or Queer & non-monosexual), here are a few examples of the hurtful things they’ve probably heard at some point:

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When Your Family Doesn’t Approve of Your Partner

When you’re in a relationship, it may be important to you that your family gets along with your partner. And that makes total sense! It’s awesome when our partners can be involved in multiple areas of our lives and hang out with the other people we care about.

But what if that’s not the case? What if your parents or other family members disapprove of your partner? This can be really tough. It might make you feel terrible or torn between your family and your partner.

You might want to react defensively and maybe angrily toward your family if they tell you they don’t approve of your partner. You might even want to ignore what they say and just shut them out or keep your relationship a secret from them. Those are pretty common first reactions, but it can be helpful to think through the situation further.

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Mary Kay’s “Don’t Look Away” Survey Reveals Parents Can Do More

As part of their “Don’t Look Away” Campaign, Mary Kay surveyed more than 500 parents about their role in preventing dating abuse. The facts speak for themselves:

  • Only 3% of parents specifically identify “no violence or abuse” as a characteristic of a healthy relationship.
  • 81% of parents of 11-14 year olds say their tween has not been in a romantic relationship, yet nearly half of all 11-14 year olds say they have.
  • 62% of tweens who date say they have been called names, put down or insulted by their partner, yet only 34% of their parents are aware of it.

Not all the numbers are bad, though. Four out of five parents have talked about dating abuse with their child. In fact,

  • 83% discussed the right to say no and how to do so.
  • 73% brought up that dating abuse can be physical, emotional and/or sexual.
  • 66% talked about where to get help should their child or a friend ever encounter abuse.
  • 60% discussed the warning signs of abuse.

Learn more about the survey.

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Five Misconceptions About Dating Abuse

You’ve seen it on Teen Mom, watched a few Lifetime movies, you’re an expert, right? Well, here at loveisrespect, as much as we are glad the subject of dating abuse is out there, sometimes these shows aren’t giving the full story. We want you to have the full story.

Here are five common misconceptions about dating abuse:

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Who Calls Loveisrespect?

We here at loveisrespect love taking your phone calls and chats. We answer calls and chats 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our calls and chats are coming in from all over the country and the concerns of the callers and chatters are as diverse as they are. We hear from just about everyone: a teenage girl not sure if her boyfriend’s pressure to get physical is normal, a mother concerned about her son’s constant texting to his girlfriend, even callers who are just a tad uncomfortable with their partner’s behavior and aren’t sure what to do about it. Many times, we are cautiously asked by the caller or chatter, “Do I have the right number? Is this what you guys do?”

We’d like to take this post to answer that for you.

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