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I’m Bisexual, But I’m Not…

In this video from BuzzFeed, a digital news and entertainment company, a group of bisexual individuals dispel myths about bisexuality. The video asks, “In addition to being bisexual, what are you?” The interview subjects respond with their occupations, adjectives such as “compassionate” and “loyal,” descriptions like “religious,” “an activist,” or “a good friend,” and descriptions of their relationships and plans for a family. Finally, the video asks, “Any advice?” One man advises the viewer not to let others tell you who you are, and the video ends with a woman saying that she is a “real” person with a “real” sexuality.

discussion

What kind of people do we meet in this video? How is the video cast?

What are some stereotypes of bisexual people? How does this video frame these stereotypes? How is the existence of bisexuality treated in society and in the media?

Why do you think the video ends with the woman saying that she is a “real” person with a “real” sexuality?

What other groups struggle with visibility in society and media? How is this invisibility similar/different to that of bisexuals?