Almost every day I read the questions people ask over at Bisexuality is Real on Facebook. One of the questions asked most often is something along the lines of "I'm more attracted to one gender than the other. Am I bi?" And so often the people respond with "Never mind labels. Just be yourself!"
On one hand this is awesome advice.
On the other hand...it's not very helpful.
We seem to live on labels. Parent. Empty nester. Single. Married. Accountant. Student. Writer. Book lover. Cook. Gardener. Home maker. Bread winner. Gay. Straight. Bisexual. Etc. We use labels to define ourselves, so that we know who and what we are. To not know what to call ourselves...I think that's an uncomfortable feeling for most people.
I'm not claiming to know the best response to "Am I bi?" When I respond it's usually with a mostly unhelpful "Probably, give it time and you'll figure it out."
My point is that I think we frequently use (and even need) labels to define ourselves, even if we don't like others sticking labels on us. So as awesome as it would be to forget labels, I think that it's advice that is usually unhelpful.