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11th Aug '16 9:03:14 PM PaulA
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* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Barrayar]]'' plays with the culture clash of sexuality mores: the BigBad tries to mess up the Vorkosigans' marriage by revealing Lord Vorkosigan's bisexuality. On Barrayar, that's a taboo (as is pure homosexuality). Lady Vorkosigan, being from a planet where the only rules about sex are "it has to be consensual" and "having kids requires governmental approval", absently responds, "Was bisexual. Now monogamous," and has to see the other's reaction to realize this was an attempt to blow up the marriage. In a later book, Lady Vorkosigan explains that her husband is bisexual, leaning toward soldiers; her own military background lets him have his cake and eat it too. (Brings more meaning to all the times he calls her "my Captain.")

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* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Barrayar]]'' ''Literature/{{Barrayar}}'' plays with the culture clash of sexuality mores: the BigBad tries to mess up the Vorkosigans' marriage by revealing Lord Vorkosigan's bisexuality. On Barrayar, that's a taboo (as is pure homosexuality). Lady Vorkosigan, being from a planet where the only rules about sex are "it has to be consensual" and "having kids requires governmental approval", absently responds, "Was bisexual. Now monogamous," and has to see the other's reaction to realize this was an attempt to blow up the marriage. In a later book, Lady Vorkosigan explains that her husband is bisexual, leaning toward soldiers; her own military background lets him have his cake and eat it too. (Brings more meaning to all the times he calls her "my Captain.")
1st Aug '16 5:10:49 PM Richie_Adler
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** For most of his appearances, Andrew is portrayed as AmbiguouslyGay and his obliviousness about it is often played for laughs. He is implied to have a crush on Warren, shares a bed with Jonathan, fantasizes about actors Scott Bakula, Patrick Swayze and Viggo Mortensen, and sings along to Music/LadyGaga's ''Born This Way''. On the other hand, he gets upset when Warren refuses to make him a robot copy of Christina Ricci, says Scully from ''Series/TheXFiles'' "wants [him] so bad", and lectures both Spike and Angel about dating and women before leaving with two attractive women (which Joss Whedon later stated was intended to be a mixed-gender group). However, after kissing a man in season 10 he almost immediately comes out as gay, with various characters commenting on how completely obvious it always was. Bisexualy seems to be a non-existing concept in the Buffyverse.

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** For most of his appearances, Andrew is portrayed as AmbiguouslyGay and his obliviousness about it is often played for laughs. He is implied to have a crush on Warren, shares a bed with Jonathan, fantasizes about actors Scott Bakula, Patrick Swayze and Viggo Mortensen, and sings along to Music/LadyGaga's ''Born This Way''. On the other hand, he gets upset when Warren refuses to make him a robot copy of Christina Ricci, says Scully from ''Series/TheXFiles'' "wants [him] so bad", and lectures both Spike and Angel about dating and women before leaving with two attractive women (which Joss Whedon later stated was intended to be a mixed-gender group). However, after kissing a man in season 10 he almost immediately comes out as gay, with various characters commenting on how completely obvious it always was. Bisexualy Bisexuality seems to be a non-existing concept in the Buffyverse.
28th Jul '16 3:46:04 PM maxwellsilver
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Almost any character in a same-gender relationship or professing a same-gender attraction is assumed by the others to be either gay or joking. If the existence of bisexuals is acknowledged, they're usually depicted as [[AnythingThatMoves very promiscuous and totally defined by sex]], [[DepravedBisexual and sometimes even as predatory]] (mirroring prejudices leveled against real life bisexuals). A few characters do manage to use a version of AmbiguouslyGay to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar avoid scrutiny]] (see HideYourLesbians). A function of this is when a character who has been seemingly heterosexual until this point falls for a member of their own gender, they jump the fence and become ''only'' interested in their own gender from that moment on; the possibility that they might be bisexual is never even brought up.

The trope especially purports that there are no bisexual '''''men''''', particularly in Western productions. Some female characters, due to the GirlOnGirlIsHot and SweepsWeekLesbianKiss rules, can explore all sides of their sexuality as much as they want, especially if they're identified as [[ReallyGetsAround promiscuous]] or plain [[DepravedBisexual evil]]. However, such characters will rarely call themselves bisexual; they may insist they're straight, or just leave it up in the air. Meanwhile, since male characters often act as the AudienceSurrogate, their sexuality has to be strictly heterosexual, lest the show be forced into the MinorityShowGhetto.

This trope is, of course, [[TVNeverLies not Truth in Television]] in the sense that bisexuals exist. It ''is'' TruthInTelevision in the sense that bisexuals have often been faced with disbelief from hetero- and homosexuals alike on the grounds they "have to be" one or the other. In RealLife, this phenomenon is occasionally called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisexual_erasure Bisexual Erasure]].

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Almost any character in a same-gender relationship or professing a same-gender attraction is assumed by the others to be either gay or joking. If the existence of bisexuals is acknowledged, they're usually depicted as [[AnythingThatMoves very promiscuous and totally defined by sex]], [[DepravedBisexual sex, and sometimes even as predatory]] predatory (mirroring prejudices leveled against real life bisexuals). A few characters do manage to use a version of AmbiguouslyGay to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar avoid scrutiny]] scrutiny (see HideYourLesbians). A function of this is when a character who has been seemingly heterosexual until this point falls for a member of their own gender, they jump the fence and become ''only'' interested in their own gender from that moment on; the possibility that they might be bisexual is never even brought up.

The trope especially purports that there are no bisexual '''''men''''', particularly in Western productions. Some female characters, due to the GirlOnGirlIsHot and SweepsWeekLesbianKiss rules, can explore all sides of their sexuality as much as they want, especially if they're identified as [[ReallyGetsAround promiscuous]] promiscuous or plain [[DepravedBisexual evil]].evil. However, such characters will rarely call themselves bisexual; they may insist they're straight, or just leave it up in the air. Meanwhile, since male characters often act as the AudienceSurrogate, their sexuality has to be strictly heterosexual, lest the show be forced into the MinorityShowGhetto.

This trope is, of course, [[TVNeverLies not Truth in Television]] Television in the sense that bisexuals exist. It ''is'' TruthInTelevision in the sense that bisexuals have often been faced with disbelief from hetero- and homosexuals alike on the grounds they "have to be" one or the other. In RealLife, this phenomenon is occasionally called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisexual_erasure Bisexual Erasure]].
28th Jul '16 3:41:49 PM maxwellsilver
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[[caption-width-right:300:Not just [[PlayedForLaughs inaccurate]], ''[[JustifiedTrope it doesn't work, either]].'']]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Not just [[PlayedForLaughs inaccurate]], ''[[JustifiedTrope it inaccurate, ''it doesn't work, either]].either.'']]
28th Jul '16 9:28:52 AM bajiru
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** Archer subverts this to near the point of EveryoneIsBi. Pam is blatantly open about her equal attraction to both genders, Cheryl/Carol cares more about her choking kink than the gender of the person choking her, Archer has admitted to gay fantasies about Joe Frasier (not to mention kissing Ramon), Lana and Malory have both slept with Pam, and Krieger is...Krieger. Cyril may be the only heterosexual member of the main cast.
8th Jul '16 12:17:06 AM jormis29
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* ''The Steve Wilkos Show'', while generally making a point of showcasing the scum of the earth regardless of sexual orientation, sometimes uses this as a way to further demonize some already-skeevy people. A man accused of orally sodomizing his four-year-old niece supposedly admitted to a lie-detector test administrator that he'd had sexual relationships with men in the past, and that he preferred men to women. Despite being in a long-term sexual relationship with a woman at the time, ''everyone'' on the show condemned it as being a further element of his monstrosity. Even Steve chewed him out for not just admitting that he was gay and living an ordinary gay life, because "if you have sex with men, you're gay".

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* ''The Steve Wilkos Show'', ''Series/TheSteveWilkosShow'', while generally making a point of showcasing the scum of the earth regardless of sexual orientation, sometimes uses this as a way to further demonize some already-skeevy people. A man accused of orally sodomizing his four-year-old niece supposedly admitted to a lie-detector test administrator that he'd had sexual relationships with men in the past, and that he preferred men to women. Despite being in a long-term sexual relationship with a woman at the time, ''everyone'' on the show condemned it as being a further element of his monstrosity. Even Steve chewed him out for not just admitting that he was gay and living an ordinary gay life, because "if you have sex with men, you're gay".
21st Jun '16 2:38:54 AM FurtiveGrist
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** This is increasingly prevalent in ''WesternAnimation/{{Kim Possible}}'' Slashfic, where nobody even considers that Kim ''might'' be bisexual. She's just instantly labeled a lesbian, despite many fics continuing from the show's canon (wherein she had several instances of real hetero attraction).

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** This is increasingly prevalent in ''WesternAnimation/{{Kim Possible}}'' Slashfic, SlashFic, where nobody even considers that Kim ''might'' be bisexual. She's just instantly labeled a lesbian, despite many fics continuing from the show's canon (wherein she had several instances of real hetero attraction).
21st Jun '16 2:38:13 AM FurtiveGrist
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** This is increasingly prevalent in ''WesternAnimation/{{Kim Possible}}'' Slashfic, where nobody even considers that Kim ''might'' be bisexual. She's just instantly labeled a lesbian, despite many fics continuing from the show's canon (wherein she had several instances of real hetero attraction).
19th Jun '16 12:03:33 AM CarthAnne
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The aspect of works of fiction where there is a lack of bisexual characters despite the definite exsistance of bisexual people In Real Life (1.8% of US population), and often don't even acknowledge their existence. Although some series don't address any sexuality specifically, even gay characters tend to be more numerous.

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The aspect of works of fiction where there is a lack of bisexual characters despite the definite exsistance existence of bisexual people In Real Life (1.8% of US population), and often don't even acknowledge their existence. Although some series don't address any sexuality specifically, even gay characters tend to be more numerous.
10th May '16 5:05:59 AM ClatoLawa
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* ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfUs'' has Richie Blake. He starts the series in a relationship with Miranda, but after discovering he's attracted to men, sleeping with Simon and later Brad, he's only ever identified as gay.
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