There Needs To Be More Bisexual Representation In The Media

There Needs To Be More Bisexual Representation In The Media

For some reason, it's difficult for most people to understand being attracted to more than one type of person.

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I feel like this is still a touchy subject. Bisexuality isn't something that most people feel comfortable discussing, but I'm going to talk about it anyhow.

Bisexuality, like the other sections of the LGBTQ+ society, has been taboo since forever. For some reason, it's difficult for most people to understand being attracted to more than one type of person.

Since it's not a very popular topic, there aren't very many, if any, movies or TV shows that have bi characters in them. Ever since there have been more movies or TV shows that feature gay characters, it's become more of a norm to see in the media.

Even though this was a huge step for the LGBTQ+ community, there are still major groups missing from the media.

One of the most important shows, that has more than a few bisexual characters but doesn't make them a huge deal, is "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."

This show is innovative in more than one way, but this is one of them. Instead of making the sexuality of the characters a big deal throughout the show, some of their sexualities aren't really addressed at all.

This philosophy isn't bad; it needs to become normal to see other characters with varying sexualities in the media. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" is doing this the right way. It doesn't make it seem like they know they're being innovative by including bisexual characters — it makes it normal.

On the other hand, however, there's a fantastic song about the main character's boss, Daryl, realizing he's bisexual - and it's the best.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend | Getting Bi | The CW www.youtube.com

"Gettin' Bi" tackles all the usual questions that bisexuals get. It's new, it's fantastic, and it's helping the community by exposing more people to the realities of sexuality.

This doesn't happen often because it feels like the media is still scared to talk about the subject (even though we've come so far discussing the gay community).

We need more movies and TV shows that include bisexual characters, like "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Every Woman (And Man) Needs To See 'Captain Marvel,' ASAP

How I liked "Captain Marvel" and why you need to see it.

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SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for "Captain Marvel"

"Captain Marvel" came out this past Friday, March 8, and I went to see it. I was blown away by the movie, and inspired by a beautiful, strong, female lead. The movie was everything that I expected and more.

I have recently gotten into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) within the last year, so I was pretty happy to hear that Marvel would be releasing a female-lead movie in 2019. To be quite honest, I didn't know if I'd enjoy "Captain Marvel" as much as "Spider-Man" (Tom Holland, need I say more?) or any of the Avengers movies. While the trailers looked good, I didn't have as much of a connection to the character as I do with Peter Parker or Tony Stark. But that all changed once I got into the movie on opening night.

First off, female leads are more of what we need in Hollywood. A female lead can never go wrong; try and fight me. Second, the badass way that Carol Danvers handles everything in the movie is just inspiring. In the past, I never felt any connection to the military, but seeing Carol in the Air Force, has got me thinking that it might be cool to fly planes in the armed forces.

This movie made me laugh out loud numerous times, and is up there with "Thor: Ragnarok" in terms of comedic Marvel movies. Nick Fury, Carol Danvers and Talos (a Skrull that seems to be the antagonist for the first half of the movie) make quite the comedic trio. They need their own spin-off series in my opinion. Plus, who didn't love Goose? What a cute cat, and he scored a special place in my heart since he looked like my childhood cat.

I was very blindsided by the plot twist that the Skrull were seeking a home instead of invading the Kree (the race that Carol thinks she belongs to), the way that it had been set up for the audience to believe. I was also very touched at the Skrull storyline and how the Kree had been invading their planet and killing off the Skrull population. I couldn't help but make a connection between what's happening with the Palestinians and Israelites in the Middle East right now.

When I heard that "Captain Marvel" broke records at the box office, I wasn't surprised. It scored the biggest ever opening for a female lead film and sixth highest all time with $455M at the global box office. Female-led movies always do good and don't disappoint. These records show that a woman can do a man's job just as well or sometimes, even better.

Overall, "Captain Marvel" was an amazing movie and if given the option to see again, I would 100% would. If this movie came anytime during the franchise timeline, I think it would do equally well. Plus the end credit scene for "Endgame" was well done and left me wanting more. Who else is excited for that storyline to be continued?

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