FYH 102: Queer People, Queer Approaches
Arts and Humanities | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Film and Media Studies | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement
This paper sets out to examine bisexuality in 21st century media in order to highlight the importance of good bisexual representation. Media that perpetuates harmful stereotypes only adds to the discrimination that bisexual individuals experience. This paper begins by discussing stereotypes and types of discrimination that are particularly relevant to the bisexual community. After this, pieces of media are analyzed thoroughly for how they portray bisexuality. The three main pieces that are analyzed are Alex Strangelove, Atypical, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. After analyzing each piece, the paper continues to examine audience reactions and discusses the implications of representing bisexuality in this way. Through highlighting the vulnerability of the bisexual community regarding mental health, the paper ends by promoting awareness and providing ways to continue improving bisexual representation.
Augustana Digital Commons Citation
Abrams, Bethany. "Bisexuality in 21st Century Media" (2022). Audre Lorde Writing Prize.