"John Lennon Syndrome"
A white guy who preaches peace/love/good gender politics but is an abusive asshole to the people he is close to and does not uphold those values in his personal life.
I’ll stop reblogging this when it becomes irrelevant which will be never.
That this popped up on my dash, without irony, so soon after DC announced its slate of films, featuring films headlined by a woman, a Polynesian AND an African American, while Marvel has STILL not announced any release dates for films where the above are, if present, simply support for the straight, white, male headliner… amuses me. :-)
One could argue it’s still relevant, just not in the way it was originally intended to be.
DC is represented by a person of color, trying their hardest and still not getting any credit as Marvel, the white guy, brags about their perceived superiority when they aren’t actually working themselves nearly as hard as the person they’re bragging towards.
Peggy Carter vs Sexism
#SO MUCH OF HER IS JUST THIS COILED SPRING WAITING TO SNAP #she is brutal and competent and ruthless and honestly scary #she is just holding back SO MUCH all the time and when some of that anger peeks through it is incredible #people criticize the punch: ‘it’s not effective; violence won’t make them stop’ #she doesn’t do it because it’s smart #she does it because she’s fucking angry! #she is so fucking angry all the time and i am so terrified and happy and in love #gif warning #america’s imaginary friends
I know, right?
reasons why only showing biphobic reactions to potentially bi characters in media isn’t good like at fucking all and why defending it as being “realistic” is shitty:
- biphobes are going to see that as encouragement. that’s they’re right. biphobes aren’t going to be made uncomfortable with those scenes, bisexuals are.
- bisexuals know that shit is realistic coz believe it or not, we experience that shit on the internet and irl. all those scenes do is alienate us further and in some cases, makes us relive some very traumatic Coming Out experiences.
reasons why showing positive responses to a potentially bi character:
- it alienates biphobes, and maybe teaches them a little something.
- bisexuals feel good!!!!! 8D
stop normalizing biphobia. stop. normalizing. biphobia. stop.
Another note: it’s not just the fact that biophobic reactions are being portrayed, it’s the narrative’s attitude toward the biphobic characters. After all, shows with good representation frequently portray racism and homophobia in characters, but the narrative never sides with those characters. It makes it clear that’s Not Okay. Biphobia and bierasure tend to be more “this is an understandable reaction”
Exactly yes this!
I’ve put this commentary on another reblog I’ve done of my post, but I’m gonna put it down again.
I’m going to make some clarifications based on concerns I’ve seen in the tags. I wrote this post in a hurry, probably at 2am, and didn’t expect it to get anymore than 16 notes because it was untagged. 1k later~
Anyway, I recognize that we can’t just stop portraying biphobia completely, as much as we would like to, but there are ways to portray biphobia that honours bisexuals and actively helps in dismantling monosexism and ending the stigma against bisexuality.
Like here are some points that probs should have been in my original post:
- A character says something biphobic and is immediately shut down and called out, either by the potentially bi character, or someone else.
- A character is biphobic, but through the dialogue and reactions of other characters, it is obvious that the biphobes behaviour is wrong. This can be combined with the first bullet point.
- I think a really important portrayal of biphobia is to show the biphobe realize they’re wrong (from all the call-outs and such) and admit they were wrong, and fully apologize in some form. And it has to be an unconditional “i was wrong.” Like not a “i was wrong about you" but a "i was wrong about bisexuals" type thing
- And when it comes to the call-outs of biphobia, it would have to be 100% supportive of all bisexuals, no throwing certain bisexuals (the promiscuous and/or poly bisexuals) under the bus. If the non-bi character is going to be defending the bi character, or even the bi character is going to be defending themselves with rhetoric like “i’m not one of those bisexuals! not all bisexuals!” is still validating biphobia! It alienates the promiscuous and/or poly bisexuals, and carries with it the implication that some bisexuals are deserving of discrimination, thus encouraging biphobes to continue being terrible.
Bottom line is, biphobia has to be called out eventually. Like plainly, and loudly, and in no uncertain terms, and without throwing anyone under the bus. Things just can’t be left alone and never addressed and be a-okay.
I would go into internalized biphobia, but this post is mainly about the portrayal of biphobia from non-bis in tv shows/movies. Internalized biphobia is a separate beast entirely and not so easily “solved” in media (as it almost requires there to be at least two bi characters and we’re having a hard enough time getting just one most of the time).
- white man: well, if male privilege and white privilege exist, then how come my life isn't perfect? checkmate
I have a special folder for photos of small dogs snoozing on large sleeping places.
'no ones ever been killed in the name of science'
- hiroshima and nagosaki bombings and countless other american and british nuclear tests
- jewish children in medical experiments in nazi concentration camps
- black people in america injected with certain diseases and others left to die from the diseases as scientific experiments to see how the disease ran its course (Tuskegee syphilis experiment)
- unit 731 in northeast china ran by the japanese, too vile to go into detail about but 10s of 1000s of people died at the hands of scientist experiments in biological and chemical warfare such as limbs and organs removed with no anaesthetics, burned at certain degrees to see how the skin reacted, left in high pressure chambers till they died, organs injected with horse urine etc etc
- 1000s from drug research which has gone wrong killing some and causing cancer and other diseases in others
@ matty healy, you’re a fool
like has anyone heard of eugenics or anything like that lik e
- the BILLIONS of nameless intersex people, particularly newborn infants who are thrown away and left to die, or those who were killed after failed non-consensual surgery, medical “experiments”, as well a those who died in concentration camps era WW2 Nazi Germany