Readers, I am furious.
Though my blog would suggest I’m an angry person, I’m pretty chilled. And tonight, I am raging. And of course, the source of all my anger is Glee.
Glee prides itself on being an advocate for LGBT rights, and for celebrating the diversity of people. Now, you will find thousands of blogs detailing its problematic views on mental illness, race, and instances of taking serious issues like rape, and turning it in to one disturbing punch-line after another. Today, I would like to talk about the problem it seems to have with bisexuality.
Now, we have a canon bisexual character. Brittany. And she’s been in a relationship with men and a woman. But her sexuality is never addressed. She refers to herself as “fluid”, but that doesn’t matter. She loves Brittany. Or loved, anyway.
Now Santana has a new love interest. Dani, played by Demi Lovato, who is a “100% sapphic goddess”. Sapphic is an adjective relating to lesbianism. Dani is better for Santana.
Because she’s a lesbian.
That, dear readers, is the crux of my issue with Glee. What is with its constant shaming of bisexuality? Spoiler alert, since they haven’t got passed the LG; the B stands for bisexual. We’re a legitimate sexuality, and it’s not fair to endorse the myth that all bisexuals are experimenting or cheaters.
As Kurt puts is:
“Bisexual is a lie gay guys tell in high school to hold hands with girls in the corridor so they can feel normal!”
… I mean, I can’t even begin to tell you why this awful. How dare they marginalise an entire sexuality for the sake of plot drama? I love Kurt, but I don’t like how he’s portrayed as biphobic. He knows what it feels like to have his sexuality denied and mocked!
Santana’s fear that her lovers will inevitably stray towards the opposite sex is a real issue that bisexuals face. Because we find both genders attractive, we are told that we are not satisfied with the one lover. It is considered a real reason not to date a bisexual, because we will be unfaithful.
It’s made to be our fault, when actually, our partners don’t trust us.
Look, if Santana and Dani do hit it off, wonderful. But can we stop with this ridiculous idea that bisexuality is a joke? It’s a real sexuality, deserving of respect. We’re real people. Not a punchline.
It’s 1am, and my thoughts are a little all over. I hope I’ve conveyed how useless Glee is, and why I stopped watching mid-season 3.
And so, dear readers, where do you stand on bisexuality? Have you ever dealt with biphobia? I’d love to hear your stories.