Bisexual Erasure, Part 1


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Why does the B in LGBT often get overlooked? Cristen and Caroline examine America's history of bisexual erasure and how bisexual people face prejudice from straight and gay communities alike.

Correction: In the podcast, we mistakenly state swimmer Tom Daley publicly came out as bisexual when he did not. Before explicitly stating he's gay, he merely went on record as being not-heterosexual.

Episode Sources:

"The Year in Bisexual Invisibility" http://www.advocate.com/year-review/2014/12/30/year-bisexual-invisibility?page=full

"The Scientific Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists" http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/magazine/the-scientific-quest-to-prove-bisexuality-exists.html?_r=2

"Erasure of Bisexuality" http://www.glaad.org/bisexual/bierasure

"What Is Biphobia?" http://www.bisexualindex.org.uk/index.php/biphobia

"No Bisexuals" http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NoBisexuals

"Here's the One Simple Reason Why We Need More Openly Bisexual Characters on Television" http://mic.com/articles/97512/here-s-the-one-simple-reason-why-we-need-more-openly-bisexual-characters-on-television

"Bisexuality on TV: It's Getting Better" http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/10/bisexuality-on-tv-its-getting-better/280850/

"It Ain't Easy Being Bisexual on TV" http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/14/no-network-for-bisexual-men-and-women.html

"Bisexuality Is Really Not That Complicated" http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/03/28/bisexuality_it_s_really_not_that_complicated.html

"5 Ways That Bi Erasure Hurts More Than Just Bisexual People" http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/12/bi-erasure-hurts/

"Legitimate Bisexuality, Presumed Straightness, and Internalizing the Male Gaze" http://feministing.com/2012/08/22/legitimate-bisexuality-presumed-straightness-and-internalizing-the-male-gaze/

"Exploring the Umbrella: Bisexuality and Fluidity" http://www.advocate.com/health/love-and-sex/2014/02/11/exploring-umbrella-bisexuality-and-fluidity

Academic Insights:

"The epistemic contract of bisexual erasure." Kenji Yoshino. Stanford Law Review. Vol. 52, Iss. 2. Jan. 1, 2000. http://www.kenjiyoshino.com/articles/epistemiccontract.pdf

"Playing with Butler and Foucault: Bisexuality and Queer Theory." April S. Callis. Journal of Bisexuality. Nov. 25, 2009. https://radicalbi.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/playing-with-butler-and-foucault.pdf

"Female Bisexuality from Adolescence to Adulthood: Results from a 10-year Longitudinal Study." Lisa M. Diamond. Developmental Psychology. Vol. 44, No. 1. 2008. http://www.psych.utah.edu/people/files/diamond54a5.pdf

Listen to Bisexual Erasure, Part 2 HERE.

Topics in this Podcast: lgbt, sexuality, stereotypes, bisexuality, pop culture, relationships