My theory of why bi tumblr is getting so much backlash of late is because of the recent study focusing on bisexuals with it’s scary statistics showing a higher rate of suicide, rape, ill health etc for bisexuals way above what was ever considered possible before.
Thanks in no small part to bi tumblr picking up on this, sharing the information, and generally publicly stating “well isn’t this messed up? we should do something about this”, these facts are leaking onto the dashboards and tags of not-so-sympathetic folks on tumblr, especially when we try and raise awareness of really pressing bi issues in tags that imply bi inclusion but actually are focused substantially more on the LG community (this is why I’m hesitant on tagging stuff LGBT nowadays, because I know biphobic blogs are more likely to see it and I might directly or indirectly instigate a flame war).
Add to that this weird nostalgia some portions of the LG community has for outdated queer theory that either only mentions bisexuality in passing or is openly dismissive/hostile to bisexuals (bisexual women in particular, which is also a product of misogyny in these communities). Lesbian TERFs in particular I’ve found are very proud of the glory days of the 60s and 70s when being queer and feminist was radical and wasn’t co-opted by the mainstream and they didn’t have to care about little annoying details like intersectionality and critical thinking within their movement.
Assimilation is of course a real concern within political movements, queer or feminist, the major irony is that they lump bisexuals into the assimilation and ~straight ally~ group because we are “tainted” and “conflicted” by different-sex attraction and are therefore the enemy within, but they are more than ready to approve of straight allies who support them and silence the complaints of bi and trans* folk with them, so the argument of keeping focus on straight allies out of the queer community never holds water with me. You can read it all in the fuckyeahbiphobia tumblr that surfaced a few months ago and the reaction to biphobia and monosexism memes on the Wipe Out Homophobia page to see what I’m talking about.
Studies like “A Population-Based Study of Sexual Orientation Identity and Gender Differences in Adult Health” pretty much fly in the face of everything groups like these hold dear, and the common reaction to any information that conflicts with a well established political theory is derision, erasure and violence.
We complicate and undermine their well-established narratives that have helped streghthen ties within their own communities as well as helped them fight against their own oppression, so they can’t have bisexuals or anyone else muddying the waters and bringing up issues that only effect them and detract from “the cause”.
That’s why these guys are so keen to keep the focus on bisexual myth-busting lists and bisexual erasure in media and biphobic microaggressions within our lives and relationships.
They want to believe that it’s just trivial bellyaching in comparison to LGT problems, obscuring the real cost in human life and well-being for real bisexuals that they are contributing to, which these studies reveal.
They don’t want any revision to their version of history where bisexuals are just a small part of activism and their community.
They don’t like to entertain thoughts that they might have even been partially responsible for the death and harm of people society allows them not to think about.
Coming from an already marginalized group that faces all of this from straight people, to think about these things is extremely uncomfortable, and the easiest thing to do is believe it isn’t real, say it isn’t your problem, to co-opt it into your own oppression so you can safely say “well this is just more of what I face” and just keep doing what you’re doing, fighting your own battles, not listening to what is being said or causing any real change.
We have real numbers on our side that scare the hell out of us, that should scare the hell out of any reasonable person, and they can’t stand to think about it let alone fight for it. It makes them uncomfortable that bisexuals are angry about this and gaining more momentum and evidence supporting our case.
Trust me, the tears and hate campaigns start flowing from these kinds of people as soon as the academic research is made public. Doesn’t matter the context, producing stats will reveal them.