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The portrayal of bisexuality in the media reflects societal attitudes towards bisexuality.

Film

  • Alexander (2004) (bisexuality presented as a social norm)
  • All Over Me (1997)
  • Art School Confidential (2006) (Audrey)
  • Auto Focus (2002)
  • Basic Instinct (1992) (Catherine Tramell - insatiable, untrustworthy, and homicidal)
  • Bedrooms and Hallways (1998)
  • Les Biches (1968)
  • Borstal Boy (2000) (sexuality portrayed as fluid but can be socially problematic)
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005) (sexuality portrayed as fluid but socially problematic)
  • Butley (1974) (Butley - uncommitted, emotional failure)
  • Cabaret (1972)
  • Chasing Amy (1997) (sexuality portrayed as fluid but can be socially problematic)
  • The Color Purple (1985) (bisexuality portrayed as a simple fact with no value judgements)
  • Confusion of Genders (2000)
  • Death in Venice (1971) (Aschenbach - seen as homosexual cripple and failure)
  • De-Lovely (2004) (sexuality portrayed as fluid)
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975) (Sonny - real bisexual, portrayed realistically)
  • Face to Face (1976) (Bisexual seen as symbol)
  • Femme Fatale (2002)
  • The Fox (1967)
  • Frida (2002) (sexuality portrayed as fluid)
  • Grindhouse (2007) (Dr. Dakota Block)
  • Henry & June (1990) (sexuality portrayed as fluid)
  • Imagine Me & You (2005) (sexuality portrayed as fluid)
  • Kinsey (2004) (sexuality portrayed as fluid)
  • Les temps qui changent (2004)
  • The Libertine (2005)
  • May (2002)
  • Midnight Express (1978) (controversial, film replaces consensual affair between prisoners with a fictionalized rape)
  • My Own Private Idaho (1991) (sexuality portrayed as fluid)
  • Portrait of a Marriage (1990) (sexuality portrayed as fluid)
  • Savage Nights (1992)
  • Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989)
  • Sobreviviré (I Will Survive)
  • Something for Everyone (1970)
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) (sexuality portrayed as fluid)
  • Swimming (2002)
  • Teorema (1968) (The Visitor - a symbol, sexuality portrayed as fluid with no value judgements)
  • Three of Hearts (1993)
  • Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
  • Velvet Goldmine (1998) (sexuality portrayed as fluid)
  • The War Widow (1976) (Amy - seen as a lesbian)
  • Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000)
  • Women in Love (1969)
  • Y tu mamá también (2001) (sexuality portrayed as fluid but sometimes socially problematic)

Literature

  • Advise and Consent
  • American Gods (Sam)
  • Ancient Evenings
  • Bye-Bye (Rosie)
  • The City and the Pillar (bisexuality as the most "natural" human state)
  • Claudine novels
  • The Color Purple
  • The Corrections
  • Cry to Heaven
  • The Dispossessed
  • Drawing Blood (Zack - promiscuous, but able to commit)
  • Dusty Answer
  • The Fox
  • The Front Runner (Harlan Brown - homosexual but formerly married to a woman; Vince Matti, identifies as gay but still sleeps with women)
  • Goldfinger (Pussy Galore - a lesbian until she falls in love with Bond)
  • Giovanni's Room (David - Vacillating, weak, neurotic; Giovanni - villain, killer)
  • How I Paid For College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, and Musical Theatre
  • "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood"
  • The Left Hand of Darkness
  • The Last of the Wine
  • The Lost Language of Cranes
  • Lost Souls (Zillah - sexually driven; Nothing - young, lonely, loving)
  • The Man Who Fell in Love With the Moon
  • The Metaphysical Touch
  • Milk and Cookies
  • The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
  • The Neanderthal Parallax (All Neanderthals considered bisexual)
  • The Passion
  • The Persian Boy
  • Portrait of a Marriage (True story of Vita and Harold Nicolson, a bisexual couple)
  • "The Sea Change"
  • Time Enough for Love (Bisexuality considered the norm)
  • Two for One--a novel about having choices
  • While England Sleeps
  • Wicked and its sequel, Son of a Witch
  • Women in Love
  • Woman on the Edge of Time
  • Young in One Another's Arms

Comic books

See also: List of gay, lesbian or bisexual comics characters
  • Anima
  • Batman (Poison Ivy)
  • Captain Marvel (Marlo Chandler and Moondragon)
  • Doom Patrol (sexuality portrayed as fluid)
  • Hellblazer (John Constantine)
  • Lost Girls
  • Marvel 1602
  • Spider-Man (Electro)
  • Starman (sexuality portrayed as fluid)
  • Strangers in Paradise
  • Supergirl (Sexuality portrayed as fluid but socially problematic)
  • X-Factor (Multiple Man's duplications occasionally exhibit alternative sexual desires)
  • X-Men (Mystique and Destiny (as originally intended by Chris Claremont) - apparently a committed couple)
  • X-Statix / X-Force (Doop)

Television

  • 24 (Mandy - terrorist)
  • Bob and Rose (Bob - apparently gay, though finds the only female he's attracted to is Rose)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Willow Rosenberg, identifies as lesbian. Possibly Angel, Spike and Andrew)
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation
  • Dirt (Leo Spiller - in denial of homosexuality? And Julia Mallory, "only when stoned")
  • Doctor Who (Captain Jack Harkness- brave, self-sacrificing)
  • Drawn Together (Foxxy Love, Captain Hero)
  • Family Guy (Lois Griffin)
  • The L Word (various, sexuality portrayed as fluid but can be socially problematic)
  • The Midnight Caller (episode "After it Happened"/1988 - spreading AIDS from the Gay community to straight women)
  • Nip/Tuck (Quentin Costa, possibly Christian Troy and Matt McNamara)
  • The O.C. (Alex Kelly (The O.C.) and Marissa Cooper)
  • One Tree Hill
  • Oz (Chris Keller, homicidal sociopath)
  • Queer as Folk (Hunter, Lindsay - sexuality portrayed as fluid but can be socially problematic)
  • Roseanne - (Nancy Bartlett, Beverly Harris)
  • Sex in the City (Samantha Jones)
  • Six Feet Under (Russel - confused, lonely, Keith Charles - primarily gay)
  • Skins (Tony Stonem - narcissist, sociopath, primarily straight)
  • South of Nowhere
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Jadzia Dax)
  • Torchwood (Jack Harkness, Toshiko Sato, Ianto Jones, though all characters sexualities intended to remain fluid)
  • Will & Grace (Karen Walker)
  • Xena (Xena and Gabrielle)

Music

  • "Bi" by Living Colour

Theatre

  • Butley
  • Gemini (Francis - treated sympathetically, seen in positive light)
  • Rent (Maureen - unable to commit)
  • Rocky Horror Show
  • The Shadow Box (Brian - bisexuality simple fact)
  • Torch Song Trilogy

See also

References


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