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Today, in the world we live in today is a place that is largely defined by a variety of social and cultural diversity. Apparently, diversity plays certain important roles in our social lives and therefore it should never be overlooked. Diversity is also important in driving the socio-economic wheel of a country. However, it is also important to note that diversity could also be responsible for a various negative influences that could prove detrimental to the social lives in one way or another. Certain wayward behaviors such as homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality and so on, could be the best way to describe the darkest side of cultural diversity. These by-products of diversity have been known to elicit significant debates concerning their validity in the society. However, some of these behaviors are becoming widely accepted with a lot of representation for such individuals. However, there is one group that feels neglected. This article discusses exactly these.
Bisexuality entails displaying sexual behaviour, romantic attraction or even sexual feelings towards both male and female. The concept of bisexualism is among the three categories that describes the sexual orientation. The other two include Homosexuality and heterosexuality. Often, bisexuality does not always translate to equal sexual attraction to both sexes, but rather it can also be used to describe individuals who have a distinct and not necessarily exclusively sexual preference for one sex over the other.
For quite a long time, it is has been a little bit of an uphill task for the bisexual community to gain a considerable recognition. Though it might not sound extremely difficult, bisexuality has often been affiliated to being odd or rather queer-social misfits. Most of the time it does not get same validity as other individual in the “healthy” relationships or even the LGBT. Consequently, this shames the individuals in such relationships, which make them inclined to “viewed as” bisexuals compared to their Homosexual and lesbian counterparts. For instance, in the recent years, there have been incidents of gay and lesbian parades in various locations including major cities where as none of that is really visible for the bisexual communities. Despite being a reality, it is contemporarily difficult to find a positive representation of the group within the growing culture of increased sexual identity freedom.
Myriads of mis-concepts
Most of the time, bisexuality has always been represented as something totally different from what they are. There are a lot of perceptions about these individuals. Queer, psychotics, fickle lovers, closet homosexuals, spreader of diseases are some of the common phrases that you are likely to hear about such individuals. They are sometimes thought as the “betrayers of the queer cause who can switch sides at any moment and reap the benefits of the heterosexist culture”. One film produced in the 1990s (Basic instincts) is a perfect example of how the society negatively perceives the bisexuals. One particular conspicuous feature about the film is the way lesbianism has been hailed while bisexualism declined. In the movie, Catherine, the murder suspect has been used to show the evil side of the act while portraying lesbianism as the way to go about it. The film tries to demonstrate scenarios that are common in the society though. It is common that bisexuals are often invisible by the straight and the queer culture.
A closer look in to the historic literature regarding certain manners of sexual orientations, one notices that there is an increased explicit representation of sadomasochistic sexual orientation within the culture. Bisexual representation is readily available. However, despite the frequency of mixed-sex practices within the sadomasochistic cultures, including the erotic literature, it is often easy to marginalize bisexualism as an identity. For instance drawing from the book “Madonna sex” despite the book being about bisexuality, containing a paraphernalia entailing both the images of straight and gay sexual relations, it is praised and hailed and disguised as queer and once again making this feel like they are “losing the battle”.