Girl-on-girl pop culture queen, Dorothy Snarker, takes on the difficult subject of how lesbian audiences react to bisexual female characters in an article for AfterEllen. Here’s a snippet and a link.
The portrayal of bisexual and sexual fluidity (which, mind you, are not the same and not necessarily interchangeable) on the large and small screen has been a bit of a third rail in the world of gender politics. Many skirt around it, fearful of its power. Others plunge ahead, and experience the unprecedented jolt of emotions that often follows. If you think I’m kidding in any way about that, please go back and read the comments on my The Kids Are All Right review. Or review the comments about Tea on the American Skins. We really, really don’t like it when gay women sleep with men.
Oh, and spoilers (well, they could be outright lies) from here on out.
Apparently, Heather Morris has said that Brittany wants Artie back, and that Brittana is off.
Brittany S. Pierce, what did you do over summer vacation? Heather Morris stops to think a moment before serving up a very Britty answer: “She went into the Matrix.” And that seems about right. Having only spied the premiere script, Morris doesn’t have much intel to share about Season 3, other than “Brittany wants Artie back” — which she sees as a good thing, since “everybody really wants them together.” Well, everybody “except Santana,” she points out. “But Brittany is real, so she’ll do what she wants to do.” Does that mean “Brittana” is finito for, like, forever? “Probably,” Morris reckons. “The writers may play with it a little bit more – but maybe not.” Regardless, the bi-curious/lesbian storyline did some good while it lasted. “Before the tour, I met some girls who told me how appreciative they were, because they were going through that themselves,” Morris shares. “It was nice to hear that we did something for them.”
via Matt’s Inside Line TVLine.com
My cards on the table: I’m not a Brittana shipper. As much as I’ve enjoyed their journey from titillating joke to feelings and especially Santana’s self-discovery, I have never been able to see the good ship Brittana as endgame. I also think Artie is often a misogynistic dipshit so I’m not much of a Bartie shipper either.
I think it’s a tricky thing to write bisexual or sexually fluid characters right now. Because no matter what you do with them, you seem to be perpetuating some kind of stereotype. If you have them in a stable relationship with an opposite sex partner, you’re seen as playing up the titillation factor, or bisexual-in-name-only. Or if you write a bisexual who actively dates both same-sex and opposite-sex partners, you’re portraying them as promiscuous. If you have them with a same-sex partner, you’re almost in danger of portraying them as gay-but-in-denial.
So really, it all comes down to being faithful to the narrative and to the character. And, well, we’re talking about Glee, so that is unlikely.
What do you want for Brittany in Season 3 and beyond?