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“When I think of bisexuality, I think of depravity. I find it a bit shabby. I feel that it is disrespectful that your genitals do not decide “. This phrase is part of the first chapter of the first season of the acclaimed series ‘The Bisexual’ (Filming), but it could be one of the thousands of comments and tweets that roam the internet. Next we give way to a real tweet published by journalist Gabriela Weiner on September 23, the day of bisexuality. “I am not confused. It is not a phase. I’m not more promiscuous and vicious (well, not for being bisexual). I’m not actually a lesbian. I’m not really straight. I’m not going to mess it up (well, not because I’m bisexual). I am not betraying my community for being who I am “.
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This type of clarification is not trivial, it is not surprising that any bisexual person is forced to repeat them to an incredulous society full of prejudices in which the stories, already anchored in heterosexuality, seemed, until now, to turn their backs on bisexuals.
Pop bisexuality comes out of the closet
During the confinement, Anna Castillo commented in a live talk to her friend Brays Efe how difficult it was for her to get people to take her bisexuality seriously. The actor came to admit that he had been one of those who had joked about it.
Bisexuality has been so invisible in cultural narratives that since 2014 there has been talk of “bisexual enlightenment”, a term coined as a result of a scene bathed in pink and blue tones from the BBC series Sherlock in which there is speculation about Watson’s sexual desires. Coincidentally, it is the same illumination that appears in the well-known San Junípero chapter of Black Mirror, thus unleashing waves of memes that try to unravel the orientation of the characters in fictional stories through the lighting with which they are presented.
Fortunately, there are more and more series, films and novels in which there are bisexual characters regardless of specific lights and without the need to resort to riddles, as well as celebrities who speak openly about their bisexuality. Amber Heard, Lady Gaga, Lili Reinhart and Angelina Jolie are some of the bisexual celebrities who are struggling for visibility, and it seems that Sophie Turner was the last to do so. The well-known actress from ‘Game of Thrones’ has revolutionized social networks by posting on Instagram a phrase that has broken the internet: “Time is not straight and neither am I,” the actress, who became a New mom earlier this year with her boy, Joe Jonas.
The youtuber and screenwriter Carolina Iglesias, bisexual ambassador of ‘It gets better’, has just been recognized with the Marcela and Elisa award given by the ALAS A Coruña association for the defense and visibility of the rights of the LGTB collective. Carolina acknowledges that Until he was 21 years old, he did not assume his bisexuality due to the lack of references he faced. Hence the need for representation, visibility and a cultural industry in which bisexuality has its place. Gillian Anderson in ‘The Fall’, Viola Davis in ‘How to get away with a murder’ and Ester Expósito, Álvaro Rico and Miguel Herrán in ‘Elite’ are some examples of how television is betting on bisexuality not as an advertising claim, but as a necessity. The naturalness with which the Viola Davis series explores the bisexuality of its protagonist, which is only discussed in one sentence of the last season (“Bisexuality exists”, one character comments to another to talk about it) helps to normalize an orientation that had remained silenced to the point that Maria San Filipo has carried out a well-known study that delves into the scarce (and poor) representation of bisexuality in pop culture. While in the series ‘Crazy Ex Girlfriend’, actor Pete Gardner sings “It is not a phrase nor am I confused. It’s not that I’m indecisive or that I have to make up my mind “, the bisexuality of the two protagonists of ‘Killing Eve’, Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, has aroused some criticism. There are those who accuse the series of falling into ‘queerbaiting’, but others say that pop culture tends to represent bisexual characters as sociopaths, and the truth is that it is enough to take a look at the commented case of the character played by Viola Davis or the one played by Kevin Spacey in ‘House of Cards’ to think that, perhaps, they are right.
Specifically, bisexual women in fiction are more sexualized and experience more violent plots than other characters. Hence the importance of novels like ‘Passionate Days’ (Issues of Today), by Naoise Dolan, and even from ‘realities’ as frugal as ‘Too Hot to Handle’, that explore bisexuality from much more relaxed perspectives that allow bisexuality to finally be part of our shelves, the small screen and social networks.
The fact that Sophie Turner has published her bisexuality on her networks does nothing more than help to defeat this particular ‘Game of Thrones’ that it is necessary to overcome in order to fully embrace diversity. As Dabid Rose’s character in the acclaimed Schitt’s Creek says: “I drink red wine, but I also drink white wine. On some occasion, I have a rosé. A few summers ago, I tried a merlot that used to be a chardonnay. I like wine, not labels ”.
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