Anonymous asked: Hi! Just a quick note, I fully agree with your response to that anon, but self-publishing to a degree can be quick and easy. You can make an ebook version of something you've written, and market it on, say, Amazon, for next to nothing. (I don't know the details, it's something I'm still looking into). And I sound like a spambot. Sorry.
it’s ok, and I know that’s an option, but many writers I know do not recommend that route, for various reasons (there is a lot of stigma surrounding self-publishing, Amazon in particular, so it’s often harder to get people to buy your book, etc.).
Also, it still costs $500 or more to self-publish through Amazon, from what I understand (at least, to publish enough to make any impact at all, and it’s still not guaranteed), and that is not “next to nothing” for many people. Either way, it’s a big risk that not everyone can take. Not every bisexual in the world has the financial stability (or desire, for that matter) to quit their day job and publish a book or make a movie.
So yeah, I get what you’re saying, but I still stand by everything I said. The point isn’t really about the details or the numbers, here, it’s about the fact that the original anon was basically implying that you have to do or be a certain number of things in order to deserve media representation, and that’s just not true.
Anonymous asked: If you want more bisexual representation, what media are you creating with more representation. Are you writing a novel, movie, video game, whatever? Or are you just complaining that other people aren't giving you what you want.
First of all, this question is awful. It’s classist and rude. Not everyone can afford to have their queer work distributed, because in the entertainment industry you often have to have an in, and to have an in you have to have money.
Secondly, I am a college student. I’m studying creative writing, so yes, I do create queer characters and include them in my work. I certainly can’t afford to self-publish, and there is not much of a market for bisexual media, due to biphobia. I hope that one day I can have work published and widely read, or maybe even work as a script writer. But right now I’m a student. Guess what? I still deserve to have representation.
And it’s not a simple matter of “getting what we want,” for oppressed groups it’s a very serious issue, because we have poor mental health, and it doesn’t help to have poor representation. So you can fuck off with your tone, thanks.
Anonymous asked: I think that homo-sex and hetero-sex are correct. Homo as equal/same and hetero as different sex (except if they don't define themselves as male or female.) Maybe a lot of people use those terms without knowing their meaning and they would use them for define a sexual orientation. My first language is not English, so excuse me if something is wrong... I don't want to be rude or something, please don't be mad. It's just my opinion /n\
Linguistically speaking, it makes perfect sense. My objection comes more from the connotation, so I completely understand why someone whose first language isn’t English might not pick up on the nuances.
When talking about LGBTQ+ issues, people tend to equate hetero with “straight” rather than with “different gender,” and that’s why I have an issue with labeling penis-in-vagina intercourse as “hetero sex.” If it’s a cis woman and a trans woman, they’re not having “straight sex” just because there’s two different kinds of genitals involved. That kind of erases their identities. They’re still women.
That being said, I wouldn’t call it “lesbian sex” either, because maybe they’re not lesbians (one or both could be bi, or pan, etc.). For the same reasons, I don’t necessarily agree with calling all sex between people with penises “homo sex” (let’s be honest here– when people hear “homo sex” they probably think of gay men, specifically anal sex). Not all people with penises identify as men. Not all men who have sex with men are gay. Basically, I’m trying to avoid making assumptions about the people involved.
I understand that for the purpose of an article, all of these things might not matter as much to the author as getting their point across. But that particular article seemed to be pretty considerate of bi and trans people otherwise, so I was just wondering why the author chose to use the language they did.
- Hey San Diego Comic Con People! Today is your chance at the NBC Constantine panel to start a dialogue about bisexual erasure. Let the creators of this show know that we are not going to stand for bisexual comic book characters sexualities to be erased because it isn't "important" to them.
- If you're there today, ask them about bisexual representation. Ask them why canon wasn't good enough for their network show.