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The World's Most Famous Lesbian Wasn't Actually A Lesbian
Transcript of The World's Most Famous Lesbian Wasn't Actually A Lesbian
concept of inherent infidelity
"does bisexuality even exist?"—ongoing studies
coming out as attention seeking
coming out as a nonevent
"No Bisexuals Here"
"Experimented in College/Girl on Girl is Hot/Just A Phase"
the world's most famous Lesbian wasn't actually a lesbian
Why do we call her a lesbian?
FUN FACT: where we get the term "sapphic" and "lesbian"
SOCIETY'S IMPACT ON THE MEDIA
when it focuses on the LGBT community, the G (and then L) are more strongly represented
representations of bisexuality notoriously poor
“I call myself bisexual because I acknowledge in myself the potential to be attracted, romantically and/or sexually, to people of more than one sex, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.” Robin Ochs
THE IMPACTS OF STIGMA
Multiple studies imply higher rates of mental health issues among bisexual people
one study found bisexual people to be 6 times as likely to report having been suicidal than heterosexual people
studies consistently found mental health issues amongst bisexual people to be significantly higher than those amongst lesbians or gay men in addition to the above study
"not really queer"
"no unique bisexual experience" = erasure
concept of inherent infidelity
the gender binary?
TELEVISION: TRUE TO TROPES
ERASURE: NOT JUST A ONE HIT WONDER
"gay now/lesbian now"
"they're so gay for each other"
DISCUSSION: What are some other examples of casual language that is either biphobic or perpetrates biphobic stereotypes?
SURPRISE! YOUR FAVE ISN'T GAY. OR STRAIGHT.
THE "B" WORD
In what ways do we marginalize bisexual people inside the community?
Anything we missed?
What are some trends you notice (especially differences between characterization of the men and women in question?)
(I watched a lot of TV clips and googled a lot of celebrities and used this as an excuse)
"It’s not made up. It’s not a lack of decision."
People who identify as bisexual experience stigma from both inside and outside the community, with lasting and damaging effects.
What can we (both as a community and as individuals) do to change this?
IT'S NOT ALL BAD
a few examples of positive representation to brighten your day
Bisexuality Day is September 23rd.
"I do not need to prove my sexuality to you…you don’t get to decide what I am or what I am not; the system of having to defend your orientation is a symptom of the systemic prejudice against the LGBTQ community."
PRISM Prom playlist announcement
Attraction to both genders
Attraction to two genders
Attraction to your gender and not
"Community identity label" versus "personal identity label"
The 1990 Bisexual Manifesto
Bisexuality is a whole, fluid identity. Do not assume that bisexuality is binary or duogamous in nature: that we have “two” sides or that we must be involved simultaneously with both genders to be fulfilled human beings. In fact, don’t assume that there are only two genders. Do not mistake our fluidity for confusion, irresponsibility, or an inability to commit. Do not equate promiscuity, infidelity, or unsafe sexual behavior with bisexuality. Those are human traits that cross all sexual orientations. Nothing should be assumed about anyone’s sexuality, including your own.
Who else? Explicit bisexuals? Non-monosexuals?