Heterosexism just informs half the story
By Rachel Kramer Bussel
19, 2015 5:00AM (UTC january)
This piece initially showed up on DAME.
When you look at the film that is new Behavior, bisexual protagonist Shirinâ€”played by writer/director Desiree Akhavanâ€”has a discussion along with her sibling about her intimate life that goes similar to this:
â€œMaxine and I also were in a relationship.â€
â€œSo youâ€™re a lesbian?â€
â€œI happened to be pretty into all of the dudes I happened to be with and so I think Iâ€™m bisexual.â€
Yes, it is something; however itâ€™s also numerous things that are different. Into the movie, Shirinâ€™s cousin continues on to ask whether she has to turn out to her moms and dads, given that her lesbian relationship has ended. But their fictional lack of knowledge reflects so real-life ignorance that is much. This past year, in Slateâ€™s Dear Prudence line, Emily Yoffe recommended a bisexual girl in a monogamous marriage to a person against disclosing her intimate orientationâ€”apparently bisexuality should simply be made general public when it is being â€œacted onâ€â€”in sleep.
Whenever real bloodstream celebrity Anna Paquin told Larry King a year ago he asked, â€œAre you a non-practicing bisexual? that she had been marrying a guy,â€ That questionâ€”whether bisexuality existsâ€”along along with its partner in ignoranceâ€”the insistence that bisexuality can just only suggest earnestly resting with both women and men simultaneously, or at the very least, trying toâ€”are things bisexual females confront on a regular foundation. Continuer la lecture