Anonymous asked: I think that polysexuality is the main umbrella, and bisexuality falls under it. I mean that just makes more sense to me, prefix-wise
Prefix-wise, yes. Historically, politically, no. Words are more than the sum of their parts. Bisexual is political, it’s a very charged word. Polysexual can’t hold a candle to bisexual in that sense.
Polysexual is a perfectly lovely word.
As are Ambisexual, Pansexual, Multisexual and various others of a very large number of non-monosexual Personal Identity Labels that may reflect a particular attitude towards ideas such as Gender Theory. These terms vary by things such as geographical location, (i.e Fluid in Southern California spreading up the cost and inland from there, Omnisexual in western NY State/parts of Pennsylvanian, etc., etc.) as well as age, racial/ethnic background, gender, educational attainment, socioeconomic background and other demographic differences.
▼ Community Identity Labels such as Bisexual (or Lesbian or Gay or Straight, or Queer, etc.) describe our commonalities and give us a space to be together.
▼ Personal Identity Labels serve a vital function for individuals: they describe my difference and give me a space in which to be unique.
The historic definition of Bisexuality as defined by the Bisexual Community (as opposed to our enemies or those who are merely indifferent to us) since the beginning of the modern civil rights movement (late 1960’s/early 1970’s) has basically Always Been those with the ability to be attracted to those of the SAME gender/sex as you and those who are of a DIFFERENT sex/gender then you.
Or as the well know bisexual activist & speaker Robyn Och’s puts is, "I call myself bisexual because I acknowledge that I have in myself the potential to be attracted - romantically and/or sexually - to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree."
Looking at the data, Bisexual is the Umbrella or Community Identity Label used by the preponderance of people (more than 90%) for the entire non-monosexual community.
Any words or combination of words, (e.g. BiDykes, Bisexual Queers, Transgender Bisexual Political Nerds, et. al.) people feel comfortable using to further clarify who they are to themselves and to others are a good thing. What is NOT a good thing is the deliberate misstatement of and rewriting the meaning of, the history of bisexuality and bisexual people.
If you have been (mis)led into thinking that Bisexual refers only to cisheteronormative/cishomonormative people and that the term is implicitly binariest, possibly transphobic and that it somehow reinforces false western gender norms please take a moment to acquaint yourself with the historical truth. These documents are a good starting point:
- Big list of bisexual definitions from many reputable groups & experts from several countries on more than one continent. All saying the exact same thing (same/different) in various ways.
- Bisexual Manifesto from no later than 1990 that clearly shows the historically inclusive nature of the Bisexual Community.
- Speech at 1993 March On Washington by Lani Ka‘ahumanu that calls out monosexuals for their privileges especially against trans people who they did not "allow" to participate as full partners.
- Declaration in 2007 by then BiNet USA President Wendy Curry denouncing all the big Gay/Lesbian Groups who removed Trans Protections from ENDA. Saying that as long as there was No “T” in LGBT the Bisexual Community which is over 1/3 Trans and more if you consider all those partnered with Trans would Never accept it.
- From 2011 classic text on the roots of biphobia and transphobia in the academic world, “Words, binary and biphobia, or: why “bi” is binary but “FTM” is not”
- Article from Bisexual Resource Center about historical roots of the bisexual and trans movements and the political reasons some are trying to undo history and set two allies against each other. Also watch the impressive video too.
And if you might wonder where, why and by who this forcible rewriting of the idea of bisexual as well as the strange disappearance of bisexual activists and just plain bi folks came from, you may be interested in these documents as a starting point for some more clues, (*hint* follow the $$’s, jobs and power):
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