All too often bisexual erasure makes us feel like we don’t have a claim to…anything. We’re “too queer” to feel comfortable in the heterosexual community and “too straight” to be accepted in the queer community. As an extension, gay and lesbian culture can oftentimes feel out of reach, either because gay and lesbian people refuse to let us partake or our internalized biphobia prevents us from feeling like we deserve to have anything.
Here are a few things that are now officially bisexual. Gays, lesbians, and heteros: this is a public service announcement. These things no longer belong to you, sorry not sorry:
The Bisexual Bob
The “Bisexual Bob” was once a trend and hot word. But where did it began?
The Bisexual Bob: Origins
The concept began, like so many things have, on one girl’s Tumblr three years ago. Leah, Tumblr patient zero, who identifies as a lesbian, said that she “noticed how three of my favorite characters at the time whom I either viewed as bisexual or who were canonically bi all had a similar haircut and thought it was a funny coincidence.”
The graphic was re-posted on a bisexual Reddit thread, where many users chimed in to say they had the same haircut, and one who asked for clarification on the similarities between these three fictional ‘dos was told: “same length hair with bangs on one side.” Eventually, in the grand tradition of the queer community I know and deeply love, the thread devolved into a heated debate on whether or not Marceline is actually bisexual.
“After I posted it,” Leah remembers, “people started adding more bi characters with that haircut to the post and a lot of bi women would message me to tell me they had that haircut too.”
Word spread quickly, and the Urban Dictionary’s most popular definition of “bisexual bob” was entered in 2017.
What About Bob?
This seems like a good moment to, perhaps, look into the definition of “bob,” itself. According to Wikipedia:
A bob cut or bob is a short haircut for women (and occasionally men) in which the hair is typically cut straight around the head at about jaw-level, often with a fringe (or “bangs”) at the front. The bob is cut at the level of ears, below the ears, or above shoulders.
We can’t ignore the history of bob, either. Due to its apparent longtime association with sexual independence. Women in the West had been expected to wear their hair long throughout most of human history but in the 1920s; the bob hairstyle entered the scene. Although a few noted British socialites and French actresses wore their hair short, it didn’t take off in the U.S. until dancer Irene Castle introduced the “Castle bob” in the mid-1910s.
YOP. Sorry straight women with pastel unicorn hair. Pink hair officially belongs to us bisexuals now. As you can see from the selfies below belonging to Famous Bisexuals Kate Leth.