But that's just the way it is for bisexuals -- in the collective consciousness, they exist as the mythological fusion of two extant creatures, like a mermaid, instead of a real combination that exists, like a spork. As Beth explained, "People definitely like to label you as just 'going through a phase' and will respond with statements like, 'Oh, yeah, I experimented in college, too.' And on the off chance you do get them to believe you, they'll still split hairs by labeling you 'bi-curious' or 'college lesbian' or, my personal favorite, 'heteroflexible.'"
Or if you're a guy "ambidickstrous".
The backlash from the nonexistent bisexuals over the piece prompted the Times to do a follow-up article where the writer set out on a quest to prove that bisexuals exist, kind of like Bigfoot, instead of just gathering a bunch of people to a porn buffet and watching their dicks. Ultimately, the article concluded that bisexuals do exist and they have some grainy, out-of-focus pictures to prove it.
But bis aren't just battling science for recognition. Even within the LGBT community, bisexuals are largely marginalized and ignored. According to Jon, "I remember talking to a gay guy at a party once about LGBT issues, and I made some comment to the effect that gay rights help bi people too. The guy responded, kind of angrily, that he didn't think bisexuals belonged in the movement because, 'they've always had the option of hiding as straight.' Gay guys have a tendency to view bi men as deceitful."
"Sell that shit elsewhere, you lying cunt-jockey!"
Another way to put it ...