10 THINGS YOU MAY THINK SOUND SUPPORTIVE OF BISEXUALS BUT AREN’T

These phrases are often spoken by those who are ignorant, uneducated, or bigoted and are not only false, but extremely hurtful and problematic. Eisner discusses many of these harmful stereotypes in her article entitled “What is Bisexuality?”, in which she highlights several definitions of bisexuality (while not claiming any or all are correct or true for everybody), its’ progression throughout history in social movements and inclusion within society, the problems associated with its understanding in society, and many of the stereotypes surrounding it.

Focusing on this latter issue, Shiri Eisner argues that these stereotypes exist essentially because bisexuality threatens the normal order of society. By analyzing bisexuality within the larger sociopolitical structure, and examining the power relations that exist, which have led to its existing conceptual sociological framework, she contends that we as individuals must open our eyes to the deeper and interconnected goings-on that lead to today’s discourses and perceptions. Interestingly, Eisner seems to embrace these understandings of bisexuals as confused and indecisive in arguing that these elements are in fact a representation of fluidity, which in turn demonstrates a “refusal to conduct ourselves through society’s narrow constrictions” (2013:44). In this way, Eisner is taking the negative associations that society places on bisexuals and turns them into a positive and empowering discourse in which bisexuals can embrace their difference and connection to society.

For those of you reading this who may have not known some of these statements are hurtful, education is empowerment. Reading up on the subject more can only lead to more insightful, educated, and open-minded thinking, which in turn will lead to a better society and world.

Harrie Farrow

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