2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Prejudices Against Bisexuals: A Small Scale Analysis of the Truman State University Student Body Vs. Residents of Large Cities
Shirley Luong
Dr. Elaine McDuff, Faculty Mentor

Although bisexual issues are often grouped together with gay and lesbian issues, bisexuals suffer prejudice from both the heterosexual and homosexual community. Many of the negative stereotypes are attributed to religious prejudice, lack of accurate information, media portrayal of negative stereotypes, and limited personal experience with bisexuals. These negative stereotypes can create strong fears in members from both communities. This study focuses on the degree of prejudice found in the Truman community and compares it with that of individuals from larger cities. Analyzing data compiled via questionnaire (N=130) and evaluating qualitative data collected from each city, it is concluded that the degree of prejudice displayed by the student body at Truman State University does not differ from that of larger cities, although the quantitative data contradict the results from the qualitative data—indicating that what people say and how they actually behave may differ, and the possible reasons are discussed.

Keywords: bisexuals, bisexuality, prejudice, Kirksville, Truman State , negative stereotypes, religious prejudice, homosexuality

Topic(s):Sociology/Anthropology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 27-2
Location: VH 1232
Time: 10:00

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