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San Junipero: A Bisexual Character We Can Actually Admire

Black MirrorBisexual communities don’t have a lot of luck when it comes to our portrayal in films and on television. Often our bisexuality is no more than a plot point to be forgotten when it’s no longer convenient, or rendered in broad stereotypes and insulting cliches. When we find a great depiction of bisexuality in an unlikely place, that deserves celebrating, says Holly.

(I have tried to keep this article as spoiler-free as possible, but if you don’t want to read any hint of the plot, go and watch San Junipero (Black Mirror series 3, episode 4) on Netflix before reading any further!)

Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror is a show known for exploring the ways that technology might influence our future. The episodes are often dark, and happy endings are rare. I’ll be honest, it’s the last place I expected to find a beautifully nuanced, proudly bisexual character. But when I… Continue reading

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

Ofcom to Investigate Christopher Biggins Biphobic Big Brother Comments

christopher bigotAfter receiving 20 complaints, the television watchdog Ofcom has opened an investigation into the anti-bisexual comments made by pantomime actor Christopher Biggins this summer.

The complaints are believed to have been made under Section Three of the Broadcasting Code(.pdf) which states that, “Material which contains abusive or derogatory treatment of individuals, groups, religions or communities, must not be included in television and radio services except where it is justified by the context”.

“We’re investigating whether a contestant’s comments about bisexual people were offensive and breached generally accepted standards,” a spokesperson said. The initial investigation is expected to be completed within 15 days.

Should the complaints be upheld, Channel Five are unlikely to face any sanctions.

 

“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

10 bi-fabulous things to do instead of going to Pride

800px-Dykes_on_bykesWith pride season well and truly upon us, Biscuit regular Valarie Clark-Neff talks us through some ways to honour your badass bi* self without putting up with the crowds…

I don’t know about you, but every year during Pride month I struggle with the thought of participating in our local parade. I love the people, the dazzle of rainbow colors, the dykes on bikes, the in-your-face queerness, and the sense of feeling comfortable with people who share my struggles.

What I don’t like are the crowds, noise, and heat. It’s all a little too much for this socially anxious person. I’m certain many of us struggle with similar issues whether it is anxiety, depression, disability, or any number of factors that keep us from participating. Pride is fantastic, but it’s not the only thing we can do to show pride in our community. So in the spirit of reaching… Continue reading

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

Ten Kick-Ass Bi Female SF/Fantasy Characters You Need to Know

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Fans vs fiction: Queerbaiting in "Supernatural"

“Queerbaiting is clinging to the heteronormative interpretation on the surface of things, and refusing to invalidate it, but still trying to present a queer reading in the background; metaphorically selling the hetero story from the front door, and the queer story out back.” Rowan

Sometimes we hold on, far past when we think we should call it quits, because of hope – painful, agonising, stubborn hope. For me, an important source of hope fizzled out in the wake of a Supernatural episode “Fan Fiction” that aired on Tuesday November 11, 2014. My hope ended with these words: you have your version, we have ours.

There’s plenty of speculation out there on whether Supernatural queerbaits its lead male characters Dean, Sam, and Castiel, but there’s no question in my mind that big media corporations recognise and make every attempt to profit over highly popular fan pairings, straight or otherwise. It’s the very heart of television marketing. Supernatural has explicitly acknowledged the popular ships “wincest” and “destiel” in the show itself, alerting fans that they see what they’re up to and know what they want. Wincest, as it involves two brothers, is highly unlikely to ever become an explicit relationship, but fans take the queerbaiting involving destiel, two non-related main male characters, seriously because why shouldn’t we?
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