it’s time to say no to the word “bisexuality” because it reinforces and reifies the gender binary, which is problematic for a lot of reasons. The binary idea that humans are either/or, that we are either/or man or woman and hold either/or masculine or feminine attributes, is misguided. Binary attributions of gender hurt our children, our creativity and our society. When we grasp at this fiction, we serve power structures and patriarchy in awful and violent ways. We limit our notions of self, of who we can love or who will love us, and we justify endlessly problematic labels and stereotypes.
The Task Force apologized after the Bisexual Community raised concerns that although Weiss has the right to identify in any way that suits her, she should not impose her view on people who do identify as bisexual. They also took issue with her assertion that the word supported the “gender binary” (sic).
The Task Force fell all over itself to apologize to Bisexuals, as the Task Force recognizes that its continued existence depends on the support of non-homosexual people – which is also, by the way, why it changed its name from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to the National LGBTQ Task Force.
I’ve looked high and low on the Task Force’s blog for an apology to Lesbians (you know, females/women who are romantically, sexually, physically, emotionally, and spiritually attracted to other females/women), but I could not find one! The Task Force believes that Women are bigots for recognizing biological sex and how biological sex leads to the oppression of Women and Girls, so it is not surprising that the Task Force would fail to notice its own hypocrisy in apologizing to one Identity Group (Bisexuals) while demonizing another Identity Group (Lesbians) for refusing to bow down to yet another Identity Group (Transgender).