The Bisexual Conundrum

http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/09/26/why_the_sexual_fluidity_trope_is_sexism_in_disguise.html

“But nervousness continues at the possibility that some people might have the option to simply ignore their same sex attractions, and that this might undermine the project of LGBT equality. As a result, gay men and lesbians haven’t always been the best allies to our bisexual sisters and brothers. Perhaps that’s partly why, today, bisexuals still tend to be viewed, falsely, as promiscuous, untrustworthy, and uninterested in monogamy.”

I definitely don’t agree with a few key points in this article- the author’s acceptance of labels and the idea that men are less fluid than women- but this point she makes on how bisexuality is viewed by the gay community and the straight community is dead on. I have experienced this directly several times, and though things are changing, this view on bisexual men and women is still prevalent. It’s my prediction- as I’ve said- that we will eventually drop sexual orientations altogether (maybe in the next 500-1000 years?), but for now, I suspect that the rising number of people who identify as bisexual or “fluid” are the beginning of that evolution happening.

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~ by hln351 on March 4, 2015.

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