So lemme get this straight, you’re in the monosexism and biphobia tags saying that monosexism doesn’t exist and is homophobic and biphobia isn’t a big deal etc, and your big defense is: you’re bisexual…
Well, I’m bisexual too jackass and I’m of the opposite opinion, do we cancel eachother out or what?
Or are you just privilegeing your thoughts, analysis and experiences over everyone else’s because you’re one of the “good bisexuals” and not one of those mean old bi tumblr social justice warriors that rock the boat with statistics and critical thinking?
Literally the worst arguement ever, try again, or don’t.
I think the bisexual biphobes phenomenon is disturbing, but also makes sense.
First - people who have only heard about the monosexual privilege checklist second hand, or who have read it without reading the disclaimers and clarifications around it - don’t actually know what it’s about. I think that most people who have heard about it, heard about it on this level. Especially on tumblr, where like +90% is read-a-single-post-and-reblog. These people have no real reason to assume that the list is about anything other than gay and lesbian people, because biphobia is widely considered as an inner-community type of “inconvenience”. Very few people actually know about the terrible statistics and more structural forms of oppression working against bi people. When people think about biphobia, they think “Oh, it’s the stereotypes/nasty attitudes we get from gays and lesbians”. Without a framework to think about this concept, people will fall to whatever they do know. They have no way of knowing that the list means something else completely.
Second - bi people have an interest in being on gays and lesbians’ “good side”. They do, in fact, get cookies for it. Their opinions are validated and supported by gay and lesbian people and communities, they are well received, and allow them to get ally cookies. Stepping down on bisexuals as a group is one of the quickest ways to get validation and support in gay and lesbian contexts, whether liberal or radical. It does and will get you points. So there’s the benefit in that - I think it’s a survival technique which allows some bi people to step into gay and lesbian communities on the backs of all bi people and communities.