Update 15.4.2012: You can now read this here on my blog for free: Click here
I just got a new article published on Journal of Bisexuality, how exciting ^_^
Click to download: Love, Rage and the Occupation: Bisexual Politics in Israel/Palestine
This text narrates the writer’s story as a bisexual activist and, through it, also the story of the bisexual movement in Israel so far. In addition, the text endeavors to highlight the strands of militarism, violence and racism in Israeli culture, with a focus on the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the Palestinian people. This is meant to achieve two things: first, to deconstruct the false separation between the two fields of ‘LGBT rights’ and antiwar activism; and second, to promote the principles of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, encouraging solidarity with the Palestinian people and nonviolent struggle against the Israeli occupation.
* If you have any problems with downloading the file, don’t hesitate to email me and ask me for a copy (or leave a comment below).
I was profiled on the wonderful genderqueer blog Genderfork. Feel free to check it out :)
Also: this week I’ll be starting to write my book chapter about bisexuality and feminism, so expect new snippets soon.
A version of this text also appears in my book Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution. If you like it, please consider buying a copy.
Note: If you came here seeking reassurance that bisexuality is binarist and/or that all bisexuals are transphobic, you will not find it here. Please see this first.
A note for commentators: Please remember that I’m the same person who wrote Words, binary and biphobia, or: why “bi” is binary but “FTM” is not, and that I consider these two posts as complementary. If you could avoid using my own arguments to dispute me, that would be helpful for productive discussion. Thank you.
If you’re not aware of the problems with using a binary gender system, please see this post: Not Your Mom’s Trans 101.
* Thank you to Robyn Ochs, who helped me think of many of these things.
Why this post?
Within the mainstream bisexual movement, the links between bisexuality and transgenderism have always been thought of as close. Challenging of binaries, and the close relationship often existing between bisexual and transgender communities and politics, have been spoken and applauded by the mainstream bisexual movement (especially in the US) since its very beginnings. However and notwithstanding, in this post, I would like to raise a few thoughts about why the efforts of the mainstream bisexual movement to be trans-inclusive have been lacking. I’d like to call out specific problems within bisexual movements so that we, as a community, might be able to put work and energy into addressing these issues, and to be accountable for our communities’ cissexism* and transphobia. Continue reading “Cissexism and transphobia in bisexual communities”