I’m so uncomfortable with this sweep of defense of monosexual privilege. Ppl have already stated reasons on how it’s anti-black, but I have another.
So folks argue that biphobia and monosexism are both needed bc the latter deals with structural oppression. On the one hand, a lot of folks don’t understand what structural oppression is so a lot of their arguments fall flat. Shiri’s not one of those people so that’s not my main problem, just an aside. My main issue is that most all (if not all) of the structural oppression monosexual privilege is supposed to address, I’d hypothesize, exists because of racism (especially anti black racism). This is something no one is talking about. Most queer poc identify as bisexual so how can we talk about rates of poverty, rates of mental health, and rates of sexual assault without talking about race? (note: I’m using bisexual as an umbrella term for anyone not monosexual) Especially when we know for a fact that poc (most of all black folks) are more likely to be poor, have mental health problems, and be sexually assaulted.
Now if that’s true, if these structural problems are more a matter of racism than biphobia, that doesn’t mean these issues aren’t bi issues. It does, however, take the structural argument of monosexism away. And I find it interesting that no one has addressed that. Especially when labeling them monosexual oppression steers the conversation away from the real root of the problem. I’m sorry, I don’t believe that white, cis, able bodied bi people are more likely to be poor as a function of their bisexuality. There’s no data to support that. This is especially interesting as there’s a great post going around about the need to understand how privilege and oppression exists in layers. Yet it doesn’t seem monosexism has been put through that same rigor.
Although I suppose it should be expected in a community that claims to be inclusive while repeatedly anti-black.
Ps..the study on poverty among lgbtq folks only controlled for race when it didn’t specify between gay, lesbian, and bisexual folks.
Pss..yes I know Shiri is a person of color. Poc are capable of anti black behaviour.
Psss..I guess I should also note that I’m a bisexual black woman