the rack and the screw

Bisexual & Bipolar Stereotypes Overlap

Posted in feminism, mental health/madness, something queer by bellareve on April 14, 2009

I’ve noticed that there are similar and  recurring themes, stereotypes, and discourse about bisexual women and women with certain mood disorders (particularly borderline & bipolar) 

Members of both groups are often accused of:

* being manipulative to loved ones (including lying and cheating)

* being unpredictable and impulsive (what will the crazy bitch do next?) 

* being unable to form healthy, stable relationships

* behaving wildly or dramatically (sleeping around, drinking a lot, doing drugs, etc)

* being heartbreakers, abusers, and in general fucked-up (yet exciting!) women to stay away from, lest they ruin your life

Think about how many times you’ve heard variations of “sex with damaged/bi girls (and hey, strippers too) is awesome, but don’t get too close or marry them or take them home to mom.” This is pernicious, stigmatizing, and objectifying. And it doesn’t seem to apply to bisexual or bipolar men. (Although they have their own set of myths & stereotypes)

Does this stem from the expectation that individuals with mental disorders are violent and harmful? For instance, many think that people with schizophrenia are dangerous, but studies suggest they are actually more likely to be victims of crime than perpetrators. When women are added to the equation (and I say added because men are the default) the threat of physical violence is turned into emotional violence. Mentally ill women become “monsters” who wreck family ties with their “attention seeking” stunts.

And bisexual women will totally fuck someone else behind your back! Just ask a guy or a lesbian who has been betrayed. You see, bi girls are unfit for long term commitments. Better have that hot threesome and discard them!

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  1. shatterthestars said, on April 14, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Oh so sadly, ignorantly, infuriatingly true. (The use of the stereotypes, that is. Not the stereotypes themselves.) Why do people tar so many with the same brush?

  2. bellareve said, on April 14, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Yes, and worst of all, I’ve found that even some psychologists & psychiatrists believe such things.

  3. shatterthestars said, on April 16, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Ha! Yes, or they believe that the bisexuality is a symptom of the bipolar, or vice versa… *sigh*

  4. MoFaux said, on April 20, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Sounds like a theory based on a sample of one.


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