In the New York Times Magazine this weekend, Benoit Denizet-Lewis reveals the inner workings of the American Institute of Bisexuality, a group whose $17 million endowment is "partly responsible for a surge of academic and scientific research across the country about bisexuality."
Founded in 1998, in the past few years, A.I.B. has been responsible for broadening the minds and adding to the pockets of researchers who are doing the kind of work that has changed our conceptions of what bisexuality is. Take Michael Bailey, a Northwestern professor infamous for his fucksaw demonstration as well as his 2005 study that asserted that most bisexual men are just gay and lying. "I'm not denying that bisexual behavior exists," he said then, "but I am saying that in men there's no hint that true bisexual arousal exists, and that for men arousal is orientation."