Bisexual TV characters 'improving'

Casey Quinlan on the improving portrayal in TV drama of people who are neither straight nor gay: "The quantity isn’t there, to be sure. But the quality of bisexual television characters is, on the whole, improving." [The Atlantic]

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  1. While the article mentions "bisexual erasure" I think a problem as far as portraying bisexuals in TV or other media is "bisexual invisibility", caused mainly by the assumption that a person can only be straight or gay or lesbian, and that whoevever they're with or attracted to at a particular moment defines their orientation. It's easy, and sometimes not wrong, to judge a person's sexual orientation based on who they're sleeping with or married to.

    I'm glad the article focuses on, among others, Callie Torres from Grey's Anatomy, because I know quite a few people who have said, "she's gay now," as though there's no such thing as bisexuality, and as though sexual orientation is a choice. It's funny. I'd think people who believe sexual orientation is a choice would be more likely to believe in bisexuality, but more often the opposite seems to be true.

  2. I'm a little surprised the article didn't mention SPOILER Congressman Frank Underwood from House of Cards or Lt. Gaeta from Battlestar Galactica.

  3. While technically I guess someone who's bisexual could be described as "both straight and gay", I also understand that, in spite of its inclusiveness, such a description could be seen as relegating a bisexual person to the very categories they're trying to break out of.

    There's also have the idea of a "gay community", so I understand some people who are bisexual wanting to carve out a community of their own, or at least have a subgroup that's part of the LGBT community while emphasizing their distinctiveness.

  4. I think I'd say it's less about carving out a community of it's own, than the L&G's not always being so welcoming in the whole LGBT community. Often the B's and the T's are token are best in some places. It kind of creates a no-win situation where you get shit for being gay from straight folks, and get shit for being fake from gay folks.

  5. No mention of Capt. Jack Harkness in that piece? Really?

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