Monday, June 28, 2010

The Phenomenon of the Bisexual Male: Now on CNN! (And unrelated hockey news).

CNN decided to jump on the bandwagon for the latest "Where are all the bisexual men?" meme. Their article is called, "The last person out of the closet? The bisexual male." It talks about a lot of the difficulties bisexuals face while offering few answers or followups to common stereotypes. For instance:

Some say that coming out as bisexual has been easier for women than men. In recent years, several Hollywood female stars have proudly declared their bisexuality. Female celebrities like Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan and HBO "True Blood" actress Anna Paquin have said they are bisexual. "It's [female bisexuality] something that's tolerated because sometimes men see it as entertaining and exciting for them," said Denise Penn, director of the American Institute of Bisexuality.


When Winn was a teenager in the 1980s, public support toward gays and bisexuals plummeted as the HIV panic stigmatized the gay community. Bisexuals were blamed for spreading the virus to the straight population, experts said. Winn realized then there was an unexpected upshot of bisexuality."I always had this heterosexual relationship to fall back on," he said. "I could choose to ignore the rest and put it on the back shelf."

Yep, good job handlng common stereotypes about bisexuals, CNN.

I especially like this part (</sarcasm>):

The academic world has also questioned the idea of bisexuality. In 2005, a controversial study from professors in Toronto, Canada, and Illinois reported males identifying as bisexual were typically not aroused by both sexes. Most of the bisexual men surveyed were physically aroused by images of men instead of women, the study said. The bisexual -- and gay -- community lashed out against the study, but the study did spur more research on bisexuality.

ACTUALLY, the reason we "lashed out against this study" was not so much because we didn't like the results as the fact that it was TERRIBLE SCIENCE. But good job making us look hysterical and making it look like J. Michael Bailey has a lot of academic credibility. ALSO, there has been very little work done on male bisexuality, but the academic work that has been done on bi women does not "question the idea of bisexuality." On the contrary - it does a fairly good job of demonstrating proof of female sexual fluidity. Now, if we could just get some studies done like this for men. But I digress.

Here is, perhaps, the saddest part of the article:

The couple says they've grown closer over time, but like any marriage, two people can have differences -- including sexual orientation. Christine Winn is straight, and she has been supportive of her husband, who is openly bisexual. "I don't think about it [his bisexuality] as a part I have to accept," she said. "It's just a part of him like any other husband who loses their socks on the floor or doesn't take the trash out." [emphasis mine]

That's just so sad. This woman is married to this man and she has this viewpoint? Just... so sad.

In an effort to distract you from the fail of this article and the sadness of that last quote, how about some other news? Brent Sopel, a hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks (who actually just got traded to Atlanta), marched in the Pride parade in Chicago last week. He said that he thinks Pride is "awesome, amazing," and he "brought the Stanley Cup and raised it over his head no less than 10 times along the route." Good job, Brent Sopel. Thanks for being an ally. Keep it awesome.

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