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A micro-miniskirt or microskirt is a miniskirt with its hemline at the upper thigh. Short skirts have existed for a long time, though they were generally not called "mini" or became a fashion trend until the s. Instances of clothing resembling miniskirts have been identified by archaeologists and historians as far back as c.

Extremely short skirts became a staple of 20th-century science fiction , particularly in s pulp artwork such as that by Earle K.

Bergey who depicted futuristic women in a "stereotyped combination" of metallic miniskirt, bra and boots. Hemlines were just above the knee in , and gradually climbed upward over the next few years. By , some designs had the hem at the upper thigh. Stockings with suspenders were not considered practical with miniskirts and were replaced with coloured tights. The popular acceptance of miniskirts peaked in the " Swinging London " of the s, and has continued to be commonplace, particularly among younger women and teenage girls.

Before that time, short skirts were only seen in sport and dance clothing, such as skirts worn by female tennis players, figure skaters, cheerleaders, and dancers.

While very short skirts have existed for a long time, they were generally not called "mini" until the s. One of the earliest known cultures where women regularly wore clothing resembling miniskirts was a subgroup of the Miao people of China, the Duan Qun Miao Chinese: Extremely short skirts became a staple of 20th-century science fiction, particularly in s pulp artwork such as that by Earle K.

The manager of an unnamed shop in London's Oxford Street began experimenting in with skirt hemlines an inch above the knees of window mannequins, and noted how positively his customers responded. Stockings with suspenders American English: Extremely short skirts, some as much as eight inches above the knee, were observed in Britain in the summer of The earliest known reference to the miniskirt is in a humorous article datelined Mexico City and describing the "mini-skirt" or "Ya-Ya" as a controversial item of clothing that was the latest thing on the production line there.

The article characterized the miniskirt as stopping eight inches above the knee. It referred to a writing by a psychiatrist, whose name it did not provide, who had argued that the miniskirt was a youthful protest of international threats to peace. Children's clothing was not subject to purchase tax whereas adult clothing was. Although Quant reportedly named the skirt after her favourite make of car, the Mini , [23] [24] there is no consensus as to who designed it first.

The miniskirt is one of the garments most widely associated with Mary Quant. Quant had started experimenting with shorter skirts in the late s, when she started making her own designs up to stock her boutique on the King's Road. In , a Mary Quant minidress was among the 10 British "design classics" featured on a series of Royal Mail stamps, alongside the Tube map , the Spitfire , and the red telephone box. An alternative origin story for the miniskirt came from Barbara Hulanicki of the London boutique Biba , who recalled that in she received a delivery of stretchy jersey skirts that had shrunk drastically in transit.

Much to her surprise, the ten-inch long garments rapidly sold out. In Rudi Gernreich was among the first American designers to offer miniskirts, in the face of strongly worded censure and criticism from American couturiers James Galanos and Norman Norell.

Owing to Quant's position in the heart of fashionable " Swinging London ", the miniskirt was able to spread beyond a simple street fashion into a major international trend. The style came into prominence when Jean Shrimpton wore a short white shift dress , made by Colin Rolfe, on 30 October at Derby Day, first day of the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival in Australia, where it caused a sensation.

According to Shrimpton, who claimed that the brevity of the skirt was due mainly to Rolfe's having insufficient material, the ensuing controversy was as much as anything to do with her having dispensed with a hat and gloves, seen as essential accessories in such a conservative society. Upper garments, such as rugby shirts, were sometimes adapted as mini-dresses.

With the rise in hemlines, the wearing of tights or pantyhose , in place of stockings , became more common. Some European countries banned mini-skirts from being worn in public, claiming they were an invitation to rapists. In response, Quant retorted that there was clearly no understanding of the tights worn underneath.

The response to the miniskirt was particularly harsh in Africa, where many state governments saw them as an un-African garment and part of the corrupting influence of the West. Kamuzu Banda , president of Malawi , described miniskirts as a "diabolic fashion which must disappear from the country once and for all. From onwards, the fashion industry largely returned to longer skirts such as the midi and the maxi. Journalist Christopher Booker gave two reasons for this reaction: However, in the s the mini had been regarded as a symbol of liberation, and it was worn by some, such as Germaine Greer and, in the following decade, Gloria Steinem.

The women kept on dancing while their long skirts crept up, and their girdles dissolved, and their nipples burst through like hyacinth tips and their clothes withered away to the mere wisps and ghosts of draperies to adorn and glorify Although they disappeared from mainstream fashion by the mids, miniskirts never entirely went away.

This was evidenced by Deborah Harry of the group Blondie , who often wore miniskirts during the "new wave" era of the late 70s; and by the female cast members of the TV show Hee Haw , who were known as the "Hee Haw Honeys," who always wore country-style minidresses even during the miniskirt's fashion hiatus in the late 70s and early 80s; and as mentioned above, by female tennis players, figure skaters, cheerleaders, and dancers.

In spring of , see June Time Magazine short skirts began to re-emerge, notably in the form of " rah-rahs ", which were modeled on those worn by female cheerleaders at sporting and other events. In , the British designer Vivienne Westwood offered her first "mini-crini," an abbreviated version of the Victorian crinoline. From the s, many women began to incorporate the miniskirt into their business attire, a trend which grew during the remainder of the century. The titular character of the s television program Ally McBeal , a lawyer portrayed by Calista Flockhart , has been credited with popularising micro-skirts.

The very short skirt is an element of Japanese school uniform , which since the s has been exploited by young women who are part of the kogal or gyaru subculture as part of their look. In the early 21st century micro-minis were once again revived. A BBC article in wrote that miniskirts remained as contemporary a garment as ever, retaining their associations with youth.

Despite this, in the early 21st century, miniskirts are still seen as controversial, and remain subject to bans and regulation. Miniskirts regularly appear in Africa as part of controversies, something that has continued since the s.

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Owing to Quant's position in the heart of fashionable " Swinging London ", the miniskirt was able to spread beyond a simple street fashion into a major international trend. The style came into prominence when Jean Shrimpton wore a short white shift dress , made by Colin Rolfe, on 30 October at Derby Day, first day of the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival in Australia, where it caused a sensation.

According to Shrimpton, who claimed that the brevity of the skirt was due mainly to Rolfe's having insufficient material, the ensuing controversy was as much as anything to do with her having dispensed with a hat and gloves, seen as essential accessories in such a conservative society.

Upper garments, such as rugby shirts, were sometimes adapted as mini-dresses. With the rise in hemlines, the wearing of tights or pantyhose , in place of stockings , became more common. Some European countries banned mini-skirts from being worn in public, claiming they were an invitation to rapists. In response, Quant retorted that there was clearly no understanding of the tights worn underneath. The response to the miniskirt was particularly harsh in Africa, where many state governments saw them as an un-African garment and part of the corrupting influence of the West.

Kamuzu Banda , president of Malawi , described miniskirts as a "diabolic fashion which must disappear from the country once and for all.

From onwards, the fashion industry largely returned to longer skirts such as the midi and the maxi. Journalist Christopher Booker gave two reasons for this reaction: However, in the s the mini had been regarded as a symbol of liberation, and it was worn by some, such as Germaine Greer and, in the following decade, Gloria Steinem. The women kept on dancing while their long skirts crept up, and their girdles dissolved, and their nipples burst through like hyacinth tips and their clothes withered away to the mere wisps and ghosts of draperies to adorn and glorify Although they disappeared from mainstream fashion by the mids, miniskirts never entirely went away.

This was evidenced by Deborah Harry of the group Blondie , who often wore miniskirts during the "new wave" era of the late 70s; and by the female cast members of the TV show Hee Haw , who were known as the "Hee Haw Honeys," who always wore country-style minidresses even during the miniskirt's fashion hiatus in the late 70s and early 80s; and as mentioned above, by female tennis players, figure skaters, cheerleaders, and dancers.

In spring of , see June Time Magazine short skirts began to re-emerge, notably in the form of " rah-rahs ", which were modeled on those worn by female cheerleaders at sporting and other events. In , the British designer Vivienne Westwood offered her first "mini-crini," an abbreviated version of the Victorian crinoline. From the s, many women began to incorporate the miniskirt into their business attire, a trend which grew during the remainder of the century. The titular character of the s television program Ally McBeal , a lawyer portrayed by Calista Flockhart , has been credited with popularising micro-skirts.

The very short skirt is an element of Japanese school uniform , which since the s has been exploited by young women who are part of the kogal or gyaru subculture as part of their look.

In the early 21st century micro-minis were once again revived. A BBC article in wrote that miniskirts remained as contemporary a garment as ever, retaining their associations with youth. Despite this, in the early 21st century, miniskirts are still seen as controversial, and remain subject to bans and regulation.

Miniskirts regularly appear in Africa as part of controversies, something that has continued since the s. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Anna Sui microskirt and underwear, Japanese schoolgirl in " kogal " skirt.

Retrieved 19 September Harding 18 May European Societies in the Bronze Age. Retrieved 19 June Cultural encounters on China's ethnic frontiers 2nd pr. University of Washington Press. University of Calgary library.

Retrieved 21 October University of Calgary Library. Historical dictionary of science fiction literature. The Women of the Space Patrol". The dictionary of fashion history Rev. Wear Skirts 8 Inches Above Knee".

Independent Long Beach, California. Retrieved 16 November — via Newspapers. Retrieved 31 January Retrieved 9 June Fifty years of fashion: Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 12 July The great fashion designers English ed. Women who changed the world: From Dynasties to Dotcoms: The changing world of fashion: The New York Times. It ranges from 0, meaning exclusively heterosexual, to 6, meaning exclusively homosexual.

Weinberg and Colin J. Williams write that, in principle, people who rank anywhere from 1 to 5 could be considered bisexual. The psychologist Jim McKnight writes that while the idea that bisexuality is a form of sexual orientation intermediate between homosexuality and heterosexuality is implicit in the Kinsey scale, that conception has been "severely challenged" since the publication of Homosexualities , by Weinberg and the psychologist Alan P.

More modern studies estimating the demographics for bisexuality have varied. The same study found that 2. From an anthropological perspective, there is large variation in the prevalence of bisexuality between different cultures. Among some tribes, it appears to be non-existent while in others a universal, including the Sambia of New Guinea and similar Melanesian cultures. There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual orientation.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that "sexual orientation probably is not determined by any one factor but by a combination of genetic, hormonal, and environmental influences. It further stated that, for most people, sexual orientation is determined at an early age. Similarly, no specific psychosocial or family dynamic cause for homosexuality has been identified, including histories of childhood sexual abuse.

Magnus Hirschfeld argued that adult sexual orientation can be explained in terms of the bisexual nature of the developing fetus: In most fetuses, the center for attraction to the opposite sex developed while the center for attraction to the same sex regressed, but in fetuses that became homosexual, the reverse occurred. Simon LeVay has criticized Hirschfeld's theory of an early bisexual stage of development, calling it confusing; LeVay maintains that Hirschfeld failed to distinguish between saying that the brain is sexually undifferentiated at an early stage of development and saying that an individual actually experiences sexual attraction to both men and women.

According to LeVay, Hirschfeld believed that in most bisexual people the strength of attraction to the same sex was relatively low, and that it was therefore possible to restrain its development in young people, something Hirschfeld supported. On this scale, someone who was A3, B9 would be weakly attracted to the opposite sex and very strongly attracted to the same sex, an A0, B0 would be asexual, and an A10, B10 would be very attracted to both sexes. LeVay compares Hirschfeld's scale to that developed by Kinsey decades later.

Sigmund Freud believed that every human being is bisexual in the sense of incorporating general attributes of both sexes. In his view, this was true anatomically and therefore also psychologically, with sexual attraction to both sexes being an aspect of this psychological bisexuality. Freud believed that in the course of sexual development the masculine side of this bisexual disposition would normally become dominant in men and the feminine side in women, but that all adults still have desires derived from both the masculine and the feminine sides of their natures.

Freud did not claim that everyone is bisexual in the sense of feeling the same level of sexual attraction to both genders. Disease or Way of Life? Bell , Martin S. Weinberg , and Sue Kiefer Hammersmith, writing in Sexual Preference , reported that sexual preference was much less strongly connected with pre-adult sexual feelings among bisexuals than it was among heterosexuals and homosexuals.

Based on this and other findings, they suggested that bisexuality is more influenced by social and sexual learning than is exclusive homosexuality. Human bisexuality has mainly been studied alongside homosexuality. Van Wyk and Geist argue that this is a problem for sexuality research because the few studies that have observed bisexuals separately have found that bisexuals are often different from both heterosexuals and homosexuals.

Furthermore, bisexuality does not always represent a halfway point between the dichotomy. Research indicates that bisexuality is influenced by biological, cognitive and cultural variables in interaction, and this leads to different types of bisexuality. In the current debate around influences on sexual orientation, biological explanations have been questioned by social scientists, particularly by feminists who encourage women to make conscious decisions about their life and sexuality.

A difference in attitude between homosexual men and women has also been reported, with men more likely to regard their sexuality as biological, "reflecting the universal male experience in this culture, not the complexities of the lesbian world. The critic Camille Paglia has promoted bisexuality as an ideal. Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life, in which she argued that most people would be bisexual if not for repression and other factors such as lack of sexual opportunity.

LeVay's examination at autopsy of 18 homosexual men, 1 bisexual man, 16 presumably heterosexual men and 6 presumably heterosexual women found that the INAH 3 nucleus of the anterior hypothalamus of homosexual men was smaller than that of heterosexual men and closer in size of heterosexual women. Although grouped with homosexuals, the INAH 3 size of the one bisexual subject was similar to that of the heterosexual men. Some evidence supports the concept of biological precursors of bisexual orientation in genetic males.

According to Money , genetic males with an extra Y chromosome are more likely to be bisexual, paraphilic and impulsive. Some evolutionary psychologists have argued that same-sex attraction does not have adaptive value because it has no association with potential reproductive success.

Instead, bisexuality can be due to normal variation in brain plasticity. More recently, it has been suggested that same-sex alliances may have helped males climb the social hierarchy giving access to females and reproductive opportunities. Same-sex allies could have helped females to move to the safer and resource richer center of the group, which increased their chances of raising their offspring successfully.

Brendan Zietsch of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research proposes the alternative theory that men exhibiting female traits become more attractive to females and are thus more likely to mate, provided the genes involved do not drive them to complete rejection of heterosexuality. Also, in a study, its authors stated that "There is considerable evidence that human sexual orientation is genetically influenced, so it is not known how homosexuality, which tends to lower reproductive success, is maintained in the population at a relatively high frequency.

Driscoll stated that homosexual and bisexual behavior is quite common in several species and that it fosters bonding: The article also stated: Rather, many species seem to have ingrained homosexual tendencies that are a regular part of their society. That is, there are probably no strictly gay critters, just bisexual ones. Animals don't do sexual identity. They just do sex. Masculinization of women and hypermasculinization of men has been a central theme in sexual orientation research.

There are several studies suggesting that bisexuals have a high degree of masculinization. LaTorre and Wendenberg found differing personality characteristics for bisexual, heterosexual and homosexual women. Bisexuals were found to have fewer personal insecurities than heterosexuals and homosexuals.

This finding defined bisexuals as self-assured and less likely to suffer from mental instabilities. The confidence of a secure identity consistently translated to more masculinity than other subjects.

This study did not explore societal norms, prejudices, or the feminization of homosexual males. In a research comparison, published in the Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology , women usually have a better hearing sensitivity than males, assumed by researchers as a genetic disposition connected to child bearing.

Homosexual and bisexual women have been found to have a hypersensitivity to sound in comparison to heterosexual women, suggesting a genetic disposition to not tolerate high pitched tones. While heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual men have been found to exhibit similar patterns of hearing, there was a notable differential within a sub-group of males identified as hyperfeminized homosexual males who exhibited test results similar to heterosexual women.

The prenatal hormonal theory of sexual orientation suggests that people who are exposed to excess levels of sex hormones have masculinized brains and show increased homosexuality or bisexuality. Studies providing evidence for the masculinization of the brain have, however, not been conducted to date. Research on special conditions such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia CAH and exposure to diethylstilbestrol DES indicate that prenatal exposure to, respectively, excess testosterone and estrogens are associated with female—female sex fantasies in adults.

Both effects are associated with bisexuality rather than homosexuality. There is research evidence that the digit ratio of the length of the 2nd and 4th digits index finger and ring finger is somewhat negatively related to prenatal testosterone and positively to estrogen. Studies measuring the fingers found a statistically significant skew in the 2D: It is suggested that exposure to high prenatal testosterone and low prenatal estrogen concentrations is one cause of homosexuality whereas exposure to very high testosterone levels may be associated with bisexuality.

Because testosterone in general is important for sexual differentiation, this view offers an alternative to the suggestion that male homosexuality is genetic. The prenatal hormonal theory suggests that a homosexual orientation results from exposure to excessive testosterone causing an over-masculinized brain.

This is contradictory to another hypothesis that homosexual preferences may be due to a feminized brain in males. However, it has also been suggested that homosexuality may be due to high prenatal levels of unbound testosterone that results from a lack of receptors at particular brain sites.

Therefore, the brain could be feminized while other features, such as the 2D: Several studies comparing bisexuals with hetero- or homosexuals have indicated that bisexuals have higher rates of sexual activity, fantasy or erotic interest. Van Wyk and Geist found that male and female bisexuals had more sexual fantasy than heterosexuals. Dixon found that bisexual men had more sexual activities with women than did heterosexual men. Bisexual men masturbated more but had fewer happy marriages than heterosexuals.

Bressler and Lavender found that bisexual women had more orgasms per week and they described them as stronger than those of hetero- or homosexual women. They also found that marriages with a bisexual female were happier than heterosexual unions, observed less instance of hidden infidelity, and ended in divorce less frequently. Goode and Haber found bisexual women to be sexually mature earlier, masturbate and enjoy masturbation more and to be more experienced in different types of heterosexual contact.

Research suggests that, for most women, high sex drive is associated with increased sexual attraction to both women and men. For men, however, high sex drive is associated with increased attraction to one sex or the other, but not to both, depending on sexual orientation.

Some who identify as bisexual may merge themselves into either homosexual or heterosexual society. Other bisexual people see this merging as enforced rather than voluntary; bisexual people can face exclusion from both homosexual and heterosexual society on coming out. Psychologist Beth Firestein states that bisexuals tend to internalize social tensions related to their choice of partners [61] and feel pressured to label themselves as homosexuals instead of occupying the difficult middle ground where attraction to people of both sexes would defy society's value on monogamy.

Bisexual behaviors are also associated in popular culture with men who engage in same-sex activity while otherwise presenting as heterosexual. Like people of other LGBT sexualities, bisexuals often face discrimination. In addition to the discrimination associated with homophobia , bisexuals frequently contend with discrimination from gay men, lesbians, and straight society around the word bisexual and bisexual identity itself.

In the heterosexist view, people are presumed to be sexually attracted to the opposite sex, and it is sometimes reasoned that a bisexual person is simply a heterosexual person who is sexually experimenting. Male bisexuality is particularly presumed to be non-existent, [67] with sexual fluidity studies adding to the debate.

In , researchers Gerulf Rieger, Meredith L. Chivers , and J. Michael Bailey used penile plethysmography to measure the arousal of self-identified bisexual men to pornography involving only men and pornography involving only women. Participants were recruited via advertisements in gay-oriented magazines and an alternative paper.

They found that the self-identified bisexual men in their sample had genital arousal patterns similar to either homosexual or heterosexual men. The authors concluded that "in terms of behavior and identity, bisexual men clearly exist", but that male bisexuality had not been shown to exist with respect to arousal or attraction. The authors said that this change in recruitment strategy was an important difference, but it may not have been a representative sample of bisexual-identified men.

They concluded that "bisexual-identified men with bisexual arousal patterns do indeed exist", but could not establish whether such a pattern is typical of bisexual-identified men in general.

Bisexual erasure or bisexual invisibility is the tendency to ignore, remove, falsify, or reexplain evidence of bisexuality in culture , history , academia , news media and other primary sources. There is increasing inclusion and visibility of bisexuals, particularly in the LGBT community. A common symbol of the bisexual community is the bisexual pride flag , which has a deep pink stripe at the top for homosexuality, a blue one on the bottom for heterosexuality, and a purple one — blending the pink and blue — in the middle to represent bisexuality.

Another symbol with a similarly symbolic color scheme is a pair of overlapping pink and blue triangles, forming purple or lavender where they intersect.

This design is an expansion on the pink triangle , a well-known symbol for the homosexual community. Some bisexual individuals object to the use of a pink triangle, as it was the symbol that Hitler 's regime use to tag and persecute homosexuals. In response, a double crescent moon symbol was devised specifically to avoid the use of triangles.

Another symbol used for bisexuality is a purple diamond, conceptually derived from the intersection of two triangles, pink and blue respectively , placed overlapping.

In Steve Lenius' original paper, he explored the acceptance of bisexuality in a supposedly pansexual BDSM community. The reasoning behind this is that "coming-out" had become primarily the territory of the gay and lesbian, with bisexuals feeling the push to be one or the other and being right only half the time either way. What he found in , was that people in BDSM were open to discussion about the topic of bisexuality and pansexuality and all controversies they bring to the table, but personal biases and issues stood in the way of actively using such labels.

A decade later, Lenius looked back on his study and considered if anything has changed. He concluded that the standing of bisexuals in the BDSM and kink community was unchanged, and believed that positive shifts in attitude were moderated by society's changing views towards different sexualities and orientations.

But Lenius does emphasize that the pansexual promoting BDSM community helped advance greater acceptance of alternative sexualities. Simula explains that practitioners of BDSM routinely challenge our concepts of sexuality by pushing the limits on pre-existing ideas of sexual orientation and gender norms.

For some, BDSM and kink provides a platform in creating identities that are fluid, ever-changing. Feminist positions on bisexuality range greatly, from acceptance of bisexuality as a feminist issue to rejection of bisexuality as reactionary and anti-feminist backlash to lesbian feminism. A widely studied example of lesbian-bisexual conflict within feminism was the Northampton Pride March during the years between and , where many feminists involved debated over whether bisexuals should be included and whether or not bisexuality was compatible with feminism.

Common lesbian-feminist critiques leveled at bisexuality were that bisexuality was anti-feminist , that bisexuality was a form of false consciousness , and that bisexual women who pursue relationships with men were "deluded and desperate.

Bindel has described female bisexuality as a "fashionable trend" being promoted due to "sexual hedonism" and broached the question of whether bisexuality even exists. Jeffreys states that while gay men are unlikely to sexually harass women, bisexual men are just as likely to be bothersome to women as heterosexual men.

Donna Haraway was the inspiration and genesis for cyberfeminism with her essay "A Cyborg Manifesto: The Reinvention of Nature Haraway's essay states that the cyborg "has no truck with bisexuality, pre-oedipal symbiosis, unalienated labor, or other seductions to organic wholeness through a final appropriation of all powers of the parts into a higher unity.

Therefore, I [the author] would say that cyborgs can be bisexual, and cyberfeminism can and should be accepting of bisexuality. Ancient Greeks and Romans did not associate sexual relations with binary labels, as modern Western society does. Men who had male lovers were not identified as homosexual, and may have had wives or other female lovers. Ancient Greek religious texts, reflecting cultural practices, incorporated bisexual themes.

The subtexts varied, from the mystical to the didactic. Once the younger soldiers reached maturity, the relationship was supposed to become non-sexual, but it is not clear how strictly this was followed. There was some stigma attached to young men who continued their relationships with their mentors into adulthood. Similarly, in ancient Rome , gender did not determine whether a sexual partner was acceptable, as long as a man's enjoyment did not encroach on another's man integrity.

It was expected and socially acceptable for a freeborn Roman man to want sex with both female and male partners, as long as he took the penetrative role. Both women and young men were considered normal objects of desire, but outside marriage a man was supposed to act on his desires only with slaves, prostitutes who were often slaves , and the infames. It was immoral to have sex with another freeborn man's wife, his marriageable daughter, his underage son, or with the man himself; sexual use of another man's slave was subject to the owner's permission.

Lack of self-control, including in managing one's sex life , indicated that a man was incapable of governing others; too much indulgence in "low sensual pleasure" threatened to erode the elite male's identity as a cultured person.

Bisexuality tends to be associated with negative media portrayals; references are sometimes made to stereotypes or mental disorders. In an article regarding the film Brokeback Mountain , sex educator Amy Andre argued that in films, bisexuals are often depicted negatively: I like movies where bisexuals come out to each other together and fall in love, because these tend to be so few and far between; the most recent example would be 's lovely romantic comedy, Kissing Jessica Stein.

Most movies with bi characters paint a stereotypical picture In other words, the bisexual is always the cause of the conflict in the film. Using a content analysis of more than articles written between and , sociologist Richard N.

Alternatively, the white bisexual man is often described in pitying language as a victimized homosexual man forced into the closet by the heterosexist society around him. In the first documented appearance of bisexual characters female and male in an American motion picture occurred in A Florida Enchantment , by Sidney Drew. Virginia Woolf 's Orlando: A Biography is an early example of bisexuality in literature.

The story, of a man who changes into a woman without a second thought, was based on the life of Woolf's lover Vita Sackville-West. Woolf used the gender switch to avoid the book being banned for homosexual content. The pronouns switch from male to female as Orlando's gender changes.

Woolf's lack of definite pronouns allows for ambiguity and lack of emphasis on gender labels. Following Sackille-West's death, her son Nigel Nicolson published Portrait of a Marriage , one of her diaries recounting her affair with a woman during her marriage to Harold Nicolson.

Other early examples include works of D. Lawrence , such as Women in Love , and Colette 's Claudine — series. Contemporary novelist Bret Easton Ellis ' novels, such as Less Than Zero and The Rules of Attraction frequently feature bisexual male characters; this "casual approach" to bisexual characters recurs throughout Ellis' work. Rock musician David Bowie famously declared himself bisexual in an interview with Melody Maker in January , a move coinciding with the first shots in his campaign for stardom as Ziggy Stardust.

But I can't deny that I've used that fact very well. I suppose it's the best thing that ever happened to me. I had no problem with people knowing I was bisexual. But I had no inclination to hold any banners or be a representative of any group of people.

I knew what I wanted to be, which was a songwriter and a performer [ Queen singer Freddie Mercury was also open about his bisexuality, though did not publicly discuss his relationships. In , Jill Sobule sang about bi-curiosity in her song "I Kissed a Girl", with a video that alternated images of Sobule and a boyfriend along with images of her with a girlfriend. Another song with the same name by Katy Perry also hints at the same theme.

Some activists suggest the song merely reinforces the stereotype of bisexuals experimenting and of bisexuality not being a real sexual preference. Lady Gaga has also stated that she is bisexual, [] and has acknowledged that her song " Poker Face " is about fantasizing about a woman while being with a man.

Brian Molko , lead singer of Placebo is openly bisexual. I mean, it's something that I've always been interested in. I think people are born bisexual, and it's just that our parents and society kind of veer us off into this feeling of 'Oh, I can't. It's ingrained in our heads that it's bad, when it's not bad at all.

It's a very beautiful thing. There are these other feelings you may have about the same sex, the opposite sex, especially being in Berkeley and San Francisco then. People are acting out what they're feeling: And that opens up something in society that becomes more acceptable. Now we have gay marriage becoming recognized I think it's a process of discovery. I was willing to try anything. In the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black the main character, Piper Chapman , played by actress Taylor Schilling , is a bisexual female inmate who is shown having relationships with both men and women.

Then, upon entering the prison, she reconnects with former lover and fellow inmate , Alex Vause , played by Laura Prepon. The same network had earlier aired the television series The O. The Showcase supernatural crime drama, Lost Girl , about creatures called Fae who live secretly among humans, features a bisexual protagonist, Bo , [] played by Anna Silk. In the story arc she is involved in a love triangle between Dyson, a wolf- shapeshifter played by Kris Holden-Ried , and Lauren Lewis, [] a human doctor played by Zoie Palmer in servitude to the leader of the Light Fae clan.

Most prominent among these is Captain Jack Harkness , a pansexual who is the lead character and an otherwise conventional science fiction action hero. Within the logic of the show, where characters can also interact with alien species, producers sometimes use the term "omnisexual" to describe him. Some critics draw the conclusion that the series more often shows Jack with men than women.

For heterosexual character Gwen Cooper , for whom Jack harbors romantic feelings, the new experiences she confronts at Torchwood , in the form of "affairs and homosexuality and the threat of death", connote not only the Other but a "missing side" to the Self.

In Episode 1 , heterosexual Owen Harper kisses a man to escape a fight when he is about to take the man's girlfriend.

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