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Emmerdale Demonstrates How to Get Bisexuality Right

emmerdale00031Last week rural soap Emmerdale broke an unwritten rule of primetime storytelling: you don’t say bisexual. Robron fan Charlie tells us what else they’re getting right.

Finding an on-screen bisexual is about ten times harder than finding one in real life. This is because films and TV shows seem to have an obsession with alternating a character’s sexuality depending on who they are with at that current moment – especially in soap operas. ITV soap Emmerdale, has been no stranger to this trend. 

Ali, who was on the show last year with her partner Ruby, was the butt of many lesbian jokes as she left her husband to be with her new girlfriend, yet it was never explored whether she was bisexual or gay. Earlier this year, a plotline involving Lawrence’s old lover returning did nothing but create confusion regarding his sexuality, since he had been in… Continue reading

Cultural Erasure: Where’s the B on Our TVs?

willowozA version of this post first appeared on Abigail’s blog, Experience Is To Be Believed.

About two years ago, I partook of some Netflix binges – re-watching all of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and powering through the whole ofThe L Word were just too irresistible. Although I can’t deny I hugely enjoyed both of these binges, there was something I just couldn’t get past – the way bisexuality was treated in both.

Since then, I’ve kept them in my mind, and to be honest, I’ve yet to encounter any programmes made more recently which give bisexuality positive treatment, so let’s step back in time.

The year is 1997, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer has hit our screens. (I was only 6, so of course I wasn’t watching it then. But for reasons which will become clear, I feel hugely influenced by this programme, so indulge me.) We… Continue reading

Dictionary.com Updates Entry on ‘Bisexual’

Searching the word ‘bisexual’ on  Dictionary.com, now yields a more satisfying result.

You’ll still find the usual definitions for the biological sense of the term, but when it comes to the word as a sexuality or identity label a few changes have been made:

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The new text is accompanied by an explanatory note which reads, in part, “The term is increasingly being used to refer to a level of sexual fluidity in which an individual moves bidirectionally along a spectrum of sexuality. This newer sense accounts for attraction to people who do not fall within the gender binary”.

The  word ‘bisexual’ has been defined by leading bi organisation as attraction to more than one gender since the early days of the movement, and a recent social media campaign calling for Merriam-Webster to update its own definition gained over… Continue reading

The best of the #biactivistsaresickofhearing hashtag

You’ve got to love twitter. We use it for networking, maintaining friendships, sharing news and jokes and judging other people’s grammar.  And, of course, we use it for blowing off steam, like today, when a cotterie of frazzled bi activists decided to tweet the most ridiculous, illogical and, unfortunately, ubiquitous things they hear every day.

We kicked off with a few of our own experiences…

… and boy did we hit a nerve. Here are 15 of the best responses.

1. The one where non-binary bi people are completely erased

 

“Body Positivity or Heteronormative Trash?” Biscuit Reviews Dating Show “Naked Attraction”

NINTCHDBPICT000259628882“Lets watch the naked dating show!” I’m two glasses of wine in by now so I’m sure I’ve misheard, but no. There is a television show of the classic one person picking a date from a room full of candidates format, only no one’s wearing any clothes while they do it. Its called Naked Attraction and my two glasses of wine think watching it is a great idea, if only because we’re not entirely sure this thing is real.

The show is real and the intro is so frighteningly cisheteronormative, with its cheerful announcement about finding out “what men and women really want”, that I start to feel like an anthropologist observing an alien culture. My friend promises that they have a bisexual candidate later on, but as the write up talks about her wanting to find out if she’s more attracted to men or women I remain dubious. However,… Continue reading

Your New Bisexual Anthem Has Arrived

San Diego Pride major leaguer  Alicia Champion has dropped the first video of her solo musical career. And, well, we’re pretty sure your earbuds won’t be rocking much else this summer.

….And… is that Buck Angel we spy there? Be still our beating hearts!

Five Things to Watch if You Don’t Want to Watch Stonewall

By now, you’ve probably seen the trailer for Stonewall, the film accused of whitewashing, ciswashing and bierasing events that took place on Christopher Street, New York, in June 1969. If you’ve decided to #BoycottStonewall, consider watching one of these films instead.

1. Pay it No Mind – The Life and Times of Marsha P Johnson

Marsha P Johnson was an African American, bisexual transwoman, famed for being photographed by Andy Warhol and for her role in instigating the Stonewall Riots. This documentary tells her story though original footage of interviews with Johnson as well as interviews with her family and friends. You need to see it immediately.

(full doc)

2. Stonewall (1995)

Stonewall, the final work of director Nigel Finch who died shortly after filming finished, is a fictonalised account of the riots written by Rikki Beadle Blair and based on the memoir Stonewall by Martin Duberman.… Continue reading

You Didn't Hear it from Us 4/7/15


2014-05-Life-of-pix-legs-Sarah-babineauHere’s a round-up of some of the news, blogs posts and comment we missed this week.

 

Did… Continue reading

"Amy": Harrowing Biopic of Incredibly Talented Openly Bi Singer Out Today

In case you’ve not caught it yet, here’s the trailer for the Amy Winehouse documentary which everyone’s raving about. Grab a tissue. The doc is out on limited release today: check your local cinema listings.

Orange is the New Crack: OMG, What Will Happen Next?!

After binge-watching our way through the third season of cult jail-bird drama Orange is the New Black, we decided to take a look at our tea leaves (and soggy biscuit crumbs) and figure out exactly what might be next in store for the residents of Litchfield… SPOILER ALERT, OBVS!

1. Crazy Eyes finds lurve

Her alien tentacles bring all the girls to the recreation yard! And OMG, how cute is her new little Dandelion? Ms Eyes seems a little unsure of it all as yet, but we reckon that come season four, they’ll be rockin’ that broom cupboard like there’s no tomorrow.

2. Shit gets real with the Piper-Alex-Stella love triangle

Is it wrong that I find the idea of a gentle brawl between Alex and Stella – maybe in the shower room – a little distracting? Mmm…  More hate-fucking please. Why call it a triangle if you… Continue reading