Yes, bisexuality is genuine. Bisexuals are far more visible than ever, yet the harmful stereotypes persist.

Yes, bisexuality is genuine. Bisexuals are far more visible than ever, yet the harmful stereotypes persist.

Heterosexism just informs half the story

By Rachel Kramer Bussel
19, 2015 5:00AM (UTC january)


This piece initially showed up on DAME.

When you look at the film that is new Behavior, bisexual protagonist Shirin—played by writer/director Desiree Akhavan—has a discussion along with her sibling about her intimate life that goes similar to this:

“Maxine and I also were in a relationship.”

“So you’re a lesbian?”

“I happened to be pretty into all of the dudes I happened to be with and so I think I’m bisexual.”

Yes, it is something; however it’s also numerous things that are different. Into the movie, Shirin’s cousin continues on to ask whether she has to turn out to her moms and dads, given that her lesbian relationship has ended. But their fictional lack of knowledge reflects so real-life ignorance that is much. This past year, in Slate’s Dear Prudence line, Emily Yoffe recommended a bisexual girl in a monogamous marriage to a person against disclosing her intimate orientation—apparently bisexuality should simply be made general public when it is being “acted on”—in sleep.

Whenever real bloodstream celebrity Anna Paquin told Larry King a year ago he asked, “Are you a non-practicing bisexual? that she had been marrying a guy,” That question—whether bisexuality exists—along along with its partner in ignorance—the insistence that bisexuality can just only suggest earnestly resting with both women and men simultaneously, or at the very least, trying to—are things bisexual females confront on a regular foundation.

While bisexuals are gaining governmental ground and visibility—Congress has its own first openly bisexual user, Representative Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), as well as in 2013, there clearly was a White House roundtable on bisexuality—not everybody else gets it. The dangerous, false presumption about bisexuality being strictly about both-sexes-in-bed can be used in previous Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s guide Jesus, Guns, Grits and Gravy to argue against same-sex wedding. Read more of this post