(Written in a discussion on the Bi Tumblr group on facebook. I wanted to post it here because people might find it helpful).
I think acceptance and tolerance are important, and I also support the idea of addressing material oppression of bis. However, I also differ somewhat in my views, since I like thinking about bisexual politics in the most expanse way that I can.
When asked, I always define the goal of the bi movement (that I want/promote) on three levels:
The first level is the one you all addressed here (from a different perspective, though) – liberation of bi people (I use “bi” here as an umbrella term). By this I don’t mean acceptance and tolerance – these terms imply that we are asking to be accepted and tolerated (presumably by straight people), which is problematic because it seems to be deferring to an existing power rather than challenging it. So when I say “liberation of bi people”, I mean attacking all of the structures that help maintain the oppression of bis – challenging and tearing down monosexism as part of a struggle to free ourselves of biphobic/monosexist oppression.
The second level is tearing down hierarchical binaries of sex, gender and sexuality – which is a full-on onslaught on the entire system that constructs human desire as it’s currently perceived. So, this means attacking heteronormativity, heterosexism, sexism and homonormativity. Subverting the binaries of male/female, man/woman and heterosexual/homosexual – because these binaries are the ones responsible for all gender and sexuality-related oppression.
The third level is the tearing down of *all* oppressive binaries – anything from race, age, class, ability, and any other axis you can think of. It’s also interesting to look at how each of these types of oppressive binaries intersects with bisexuality, and how we can use bisexuality in order to offer a unique point of view, challenge or deconstruction.
These three levels to me are related to bisexuality because bisexuality is *about* subverting and destroying binaries. And it means for me that bisexuality can be used as a revolutionary identity and as a tool in fucking up social order and making a world that is truly ours, rather than trying to fit in the existing mold. Basically, this is what my book is all about.