Tag Archives: bisexual

Pardon the Glossolalia… Are you down with the LQP?

2 May

It’s part of our explanation of who we are: “We are academics and queer theorists. In that, we understand that sometimes we use language in a way that does not fit popular definitions or understandings.” However, if we insist that all visitors and contributors “be explicit” in the use of terms, I think it wise to attempt to come to some agreement upon what these terms mean. Therefore, realizing that we have been using words but may not have been providing that which is needed in order to critique our contributions, I have attempted to assemble a glossary that I hope will be useful for those in the capstone as well as those who are just passing through as we find our way.

This glossary should be, must be, a living document; it should in no way be misinterpreted as the all-inclusive, definitive authority on meanings or interpretations – that would be impossible. Please feel free to interrogate the concepts, clarify the ‘definitions,’ and/or refocus the connotations as you see fit. Did I miss something? Please, let me know. After all, we are all finding our way, but if you don’t know what I am saying or vice versa… we might have an issue or two as we move forward – that is, assuming we can agree on which way is forward…

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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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I Like Dick and Jane

21 Apr

I Like Dick and Jane

(lyrics after the jump)

Laya Fisher’s  lyrics are explicit and reflect the openness she  feels about bisexuality. I had to go out and search for a song that spoke to bisexuality, which is a shame. Many songs talk about sex and become very popular as noted in sales and top 100 charts, however, these songs very rarely talk about non-heterosexual identities. If heterosexual sex lyrics can sell why can’t bisexual lyrics sell too? It wasn’t until Katy Perry’s, “I Kissed a Girl” that I can remember a notable connection to non-heterosexual relationships in the top 100 billboard charts. There have been many artists that produce songs that deal with bisexuality but they don’t typically get popular support. Not only that, but there isn’t easy access to retrieve these songs either. It’s important that pop culture and music in this case represent all aspects of society. Music begins shaping people at a very young age, and the lyrics are entwined in the lives of much of our generation now. Simply by making non “normal” sexual identities more visible in music can help shape the attitudes of a generation. To put it simply, there needs to be better representation of all identities to help fight the prejudices of minority groups.

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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?

Posted by Anonymous 

Bisexual

15 Apr

“Bisexual” from Class Project on Vimeo

via Modakota.com

“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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The Sexual Identity Binary

12 Apr

This is what medical students are learning in a clinical skills class.

Where to begin… Thoughts? Comments?

Posted by Claire Peterson via Erica Andrist

It’s Time to Think About Bisexual Youth

4 Apr

Israel, Tania. “Bisexuality and Youth: Introduction to the Special Issue.” Journal of Bisexuality. 10:4 (2010): 359-365).

In “Bisexuality and Youth: Introduction to the Special Issue,” Tania Israel summarizes the research on bisexual youth that is being presented in the current issue of the Journal of Bisexuality. Israel then suggests a variety of topics concerning bisexual youth that should be explored, and how they should be explored. Topics include, but are not limited to: defining the population – “what do we mean by bisexual youth?”; including the voices of youth in research reports; safety and health concerns (such as mental health, interventions in “reducing risk and promoting protection,” and how bisexual youth can partake in designing those interventions); include and analyze intersectional identities (including race, class, etc.); male vs. female bisexual youth; and finally, creating resources for schools, families, therapists, etc.

After reviewing Israel’s article, I started to wonder what resources are out there for bisexual youth to consult and what are some ways for researchers to get in touch with bisexual youth so their narratives could be included in research studies. I began google-ing “bisexual youth support groups,” “bisexual resources,” and “bisexual youth,” and about 10,200,000 results came up. Here, I have generated a list of a few websites concerning bisexual youth, some of which also include resources for lesbian, gay and/or questioning individuals. There were many things I loved and felt uncomfortable with while reviewing these websites, which I address after each listing. I, in no way, consider myself to be an expert on all things bisexual; thus, my judgment of the websites is based on discussions I’ve had with my classmates and friends who identify as LGBTQAI and study LBGTQAI related topics. I am learning as I do my research and welcome critiques of these resources and my critiques of them. Also, all of these sites passed my anti-virus inspection and opened safely on my computer – just in case you were worried about viruses or spam.

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What is the “Bisexual Bridge”?

29 Mar

My initial interest for this project was sexual health screenings of individuals who self identify as bisexual. As I was searching for articles, I kept coming across the term “bisexual bridge” and I became curious as to what that was and how it applied to bisexual individuals. Here are five articles I found describing what the bisexual bridge is and how it has been studied in the past five years. The two articles I would recommend are the two articles written by Malebranche. Malebranche provides hir readers with an in-depth critique of previous research, raising questions I had as I read the other three articles I have included in my bibliography. In hir study, Malebranche did not over generalize hir findings to all bisexual men; rather, Malebranche explicitly states that the men in hir study reflected particular behaviors and practices and further research was needed to see if they were more widespread in the bisexual community. One problem I had with many of the studies I read was how the authors used bisexuality as an identity interchangeably with bisexual behavior. In some cases, sexual behavior was being used to define participants’ sexual orientations, which leads to a total disregard of the participants’ self proclaimed identity all together. I felt it was important to include problematic articles in my bibliography so that readers would question how the research has been presented and where future research can improve, as Malebranche and I did.

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