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ASEXY: Part 2.2

4 May

Miss E and Caity Stardust finally finish installment 2.2 of A Fireside Chat where the discussion focuses on asexuality representation in ABC Family’s Huge.

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Dan Savage on the Existence of Bisexuality

3 May

I stumbled across this video the other day and I find it intriguing. I’m a fan of Dan Savage, a longtime reader of his column and books and a devotee of his Seattle newspaper The Stranger. That said, I’ve recently come into contact with some criticism of his views as being informed by his privilege as a white, affluent male who lives in the city and grew up in the suburbs. Despite this, however, I greatly appreciate his honest and frank opinions and also the rationality with which he always explains himself. These qualities are especially apparent in this video in which he discusses the topic of bisexuality in a rather controversial way.

Much of the resentment from the bisexual community towards both the general population as well as the gay and lesbian population revolves around a common misconception of their identity as a phase. Savage makes a good point when he says “it is for many people a phase as a chosen identity.” It was for him, it was for me. Is there a place in queer studies for a discussion of bisexuality as a transitional identity? Is it possible to acknowledge this without neglecting the concerns and needs of bisexuals like Kelsey who stand firm in their identity?

Also, I hope y’all enjoy the Tony Perkins bit at the end – it sure brightened my day.

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Last Stop on the Train to Gay Town?

28 Apr

The following is an introduction to a set of conversations about Bisexuality and Asexuality, featuring GWS 642 members and friends.

This is the first installment of a video blog discussion series and our first time using this medium to discuss academic endeavors. The awkwardness of the set up and conversation is intentional. We took no measure to hide our own inexperience with asexuality and bisexuality as points of discussion. Our project aims to explore the exclusion of these identities from mainstream discourse. The erasure of these identities leads to our lack of familiarity with these topics.

Enjoy!

ASEXY: A Fireside Chat, Part 2.1

24 Apr

The Big Bang Theory G-Chat  

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“The Bizarre World of the Bisexual” – A Satirical Comedy on Stereotypes

24 Apr
Saw this satirical comedy and loved it so I thought I would share!

What I like about it specifically is that I think it does a great job of showing just how ridiculous labels can be and what is stereotypically associated with them. In addition this video clip fantastically points out myriad arguments used for discounting bisexuality…a few of my favorites that were briefly touched on are listed below:

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Bisexuality in Black Swan

21 Apr

SPOILER!!

Natalie Portman plays the role of Nina Sayers, a ballerina with the lead role in the Black Swan. While there are a multitude of things that occur in this movie, I only wish to touch on the bisexual tendencies portrayed by Nina Sayers. Bisexuality is seen as a sort of dark sphere of sexuality in this movie, it is only once Nina is trying to master the dark side of the swan that there is explicit portrayal of bisexuality. Nina only “acts” upon same-sex attractions after a scene with heavy drug and alcohol use. The feeling I got when watching the movie was that this exploration of sexuality was forbidden and mysterious. What does this mean for bisexuality? Is this going to lead the audience to believe that bisexuality is a bad thing? I feel like since Black Swan is a mainstream movie with a main stream actress (Natalie Portman) this may have influenced how bisexuality was shown. While it may have given the director the courage to depict bisexual tendencies in the movie, it may also have hindered him from portraying bisexuality as mainstream and normal.  Also, since it was a female bisexual this further problematizes the issue of bisexuality. Typically the general population is more open to seeing a female bisexual than a male, so why not portray a male bisexual to start knocking down these barriers?  Furthermore, the filmmaker, Kyle Schickner, identifies as bi and acknowledges the problems with the representation of bisexuality in the movie. So why wasn’t there a greater attempt to portray bisexuality differently? While I understand that Nina’s rise into womanhood and evolution of her character paralleled the evolution of her ballet number, it still complicates the notion of bisexuality. It isn’t often that “non-normative” sexualities are portrayed on the big screen and when they are, poor representation only further complicates the issue. Maybe the bisexual tendencies of Nina Sayers opened doors to some viewers who haven’t been exposed to bisexuality previously, but on the other hand, should the only mainstream portrayals reveal bisexuality as dark, mysterious and forbidden?

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Bisexual

15 Apr

“Bisexual” from Class Project on Vimeo

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“Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl…” Bisexuality in Sex and the City

12 Apr

I want to look at a clip that always plays in my mind when discussions of bisexuality and pop culture arise. It’s a scene from an episode of Sex and the City from its third season that aired in the summer of 2000, nearly 11 years ago, titled “Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl…” The main plotline of the episode revolves around Carrie (a 30-something) dating a 20-something guy who is openly bisexual. After he casually brings his sexuality up by listing the names of his exes, including one named Mark, he asks “is that a problem?” In this scene Carrie summits with her girlfriends at the coffee shop.

(This YouTube clip isn’t the best quality, but it’s the only version of the scene I could find. The coffee shop scene is from 2:49 – 4:20)

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ASEXY: A Fireside Chat, Part 1

7 Apr

This “Fireside Chat” is the first in a multi-part series exploring asexuality in contemporary society, brought to you by Caity Stardust and Miss E.

We hope you enjoy!

Asexuality: Myths in the Media

1 Apr

So when we brought up the topic of asexuality in class and I started doing some research I know we all found a real lack of scholarly information about asexuality. Seeing as we began by calling this project the “Case of the Disappearing A,” I wasn’t surprised.  However, just because a topic has been absent from research doesn’t necessarily mean it is invisible. I started wondering, how visible is it in the media? And in those observable instances where asexuality is addressed, is accurate information being presented? Specifically I wanted to address myths associated with asexuality, and possibly perpetuated by the media.

I began with a simple YouTube search for “asexuality.” What showed up were a bunch of amateur video bloggers discussing their own asexual identities, and a couple snippets from News programs, most of which aired in the beginning of 2006. I’m going to specifically discuss those National News programs. I watched all that I could find, astonished that asexuality was even being mentioned on mainstream shows like 20/20, Fox News or The View. However, I was often sorely disappointed by what I found.

I’m still not sure why asexuality was suddenly considered a “news worthy” topic in 2006 (I have not seen any mention of News programs covering the topic of asexuality before or since then), and I was fascinated by the consistent message being sent by a (select and consistent) few members of AVEN: The Asexual Visibility and Education Network. But honestly I was not surprised by the diverse reactions and coverage they received.

Below are the five videos I was able to access on YouTube (and subsequently found posted on AVEN’s website, www.asexuality.org). I’ve included links to the videos so that you may watch them if your heart desires, but I’ve also brought up some random things I take issue with, or things that were said that I think are really great!

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