First - some background:
- I’ve been seeing more and more people on tumblr arguing that monosexism can’t exist because gay and lesbian people don’t benefit from the oppression of bi people
- This is a rebuttal of this argument
- However, monosexism isn’t about gay and lesbian people
I find this interesting because in one breath it’s acknowledged that bi folks are disproportionately trans, poc (black especially although this is left out), and women and yet not one mention of how all the statistics given do not control for gender identity or race.
That is to say, the majority (if not all) the disparities listed here are probably a function of transphobia, sexism, and racism, not monosexism. To frame it as monosexism erases the real root and allows those issues to be appropriated by white, cis, and male folks. Which is why so many poc and trans mga folks are against the concept. Yet without addressing these issues, we’re labeled as angry and divisive. Smh…sound familiar? Same shit different day I guess.
Am I saying biphobia doesn’t exist? no. I’m merely suggesting that monosexism as a concept doesn’t hold up and no one’s addressed these concerns. But then everyone gets defensive when they’re called out for being anti-black and transphobic.
When “they” are a genderqueer poc and have written a book about intersectional bisexual politics, where the idea of monosexism as structure also comes from? Then yeah, “they” do get defensive.
You cannot separate out bisexuality from being trans or a poc. These are not mutually exclusive identities or oppressions, they’re intersections. That’s the whole point.
1. you can be a person of color and be anti-black. you can be genderqueer and a transmisogynist. You can still create a theory with these problems.
2. You’ve missed my point. I never once said any of these identities are mutually exclusive. But the reason they exist as a specific form of oppression is because they CAN exist alone. My whole point is that monosexism doesn’t (or at least has yet to be proven to). And you can best see that when you control for other forms of oppression.
For example, we can prove sexism exists as it’s own axis by comparing a white, cis, able-bodied, man to a white, cis, able-bodied woman. We know that with all other things being the same (or as close to the same as possible) the woman will not have the same privileges afforded to the man. We can do this with race. Gender identity. etc.
Can we do this with monosexism? I argue, no. Or at the very least I haven’t seen any studies/proof that have. And if we can’t (or haven’t), than when you quote statistics surrounding poverty, mental health, and unemployment of a group that is disproportionately poc, trans, and women you’re actually noticing racism (anti-blackness especially), transphobia and sexism. If you’re comparing a group with higher rates of poc to one with a lower rate, of course the former is going to a higher unemployment rate because racism exists.
My whole point is I don’t believe a bi, white, cis man and a gay, white cis man are going to live significantly different lives on a structural level. And so far, you haven’t proven otherwise. Yet most people who are proponents of monosexism are white and cis. I don’t understand how you don’t see a problem with that.
And I’ve read your book. I’ve read your articles. I disagree with them. I’m a bi, black woman. I understand intersectionality and axes of oppression. I didn’t miss your point. I raised criticism to it. And I’m not the first bi black woman to do so. And yet, still no real acknowledgement or explanation.