I spent my whole life held back by bi-erasure. It kept me down, resting on my laurels, before I came out of the closet. Bi-erasure, or bisexual erasure, is the tendency for society to ignore, remove, falsify, or re-explain evidence of In its most extreme form, it denies that bisexuality exists and damns the idea of personal, sexual identification. Throughout my formative years, I was unable to explore part of my chemical make-up that I felt no one — on TV or in school — shared.
The part of me that meant I had an emotional and physical attraction to both sexes. When the media passed comment on bisexuality, it seemed to say three things: The friend who drank half a bottle of vodka before confessing she wanted to break up with boyfriend for me. There was the questioning classmate who called me a lesbian when I said Bisexuality erasure thought Natalie Portman was wife material.
The arrival of Bisexuality erasure duo t. Did the content itself offend me? Seeing girls kiss affirmed many desires. The trouble is, the duo — plucked from normality by advertising guru Ivan Shapovalov — capitalised on the sexualisation of women being intimate with "Bisexuality erasure" women.
Truth be told, turning the frat boy, faux-lesbian trope into a profitable pop act was Mad Men manoeuvring at its finest.
When Yulia went on to confirm her bisexuality in an interview years later, it seemed no-one really cared. And that confused me.