the label of “bisexual” needs support and visibility to lift the stigma surrounding bisexuality and to reinforce its legitimacy. don’t take that away from us just because you think it’s more poetic or philosophical or whatever to not have labels
Piper is written as one of the less-interesting characters, but her real-life counterpart has vocally established herself as a bisexual. Sexual preference is important because our sexual/intimate attractions (or lack thereof, because especially with the over-saturation of sexuality in today’s mass media and celebrity worship circles it’s easy to forget that asexuality is a valid sexual preference) are part of what shapes the relationships and social foundations we want in our lives, and what a person wants is an integral part of not just their sexual identity, but their entire personal identity.
Also, no more pushing this ‘playing both sides’ mentality that’s so prevalent - honestly, this aspect of bisexual erasure is, aside from trans-bashing (a trend deemed socially-acceptable by RuPaul, who - while serving some decent looks and dominating the drag circuit - forgets that while there is the idea of the ‘trans umbrella’, he is not an actual transsexual and should refrain from using slurs that may offend said women), one of the most toxic aspects of the gay and lesbian community at large.
OINTB is powerful for several reasons:
- it is fictionalized, but based upon the actual open-world experiences of a real-life LGBT woman
- it openly forces audiences to deal with a film and television industry where straight white males are the universal standard, and does so by the very clever necessity of making the primary setting the one place where LGBT women of color would be a prevalent commodity: a women’s prison
p.s.: Laura Prepon’s character is still problematic, in-and-out of universe, namely because Alex in-universe is so horribly toxic and manipulative of Piper, and out-of-universe because the character herself may be almost completely fictionalized in terms of her personality traits and there is a very real possibility that Piper Kerman is capitalizing on slanderous half-truths and a sexual liaison that may or may not have actually existed at all to make herself seem more sympathetic to real-world audiences at the expense of a former friend