bi-erasure

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bi- +‎ erasure

Noun[edit]

bi-erasure (uncountable)

  1. (LGBT) The tendency to ignore, deny, or minimize the existence of bisexuals and/or bisexuality.
    • 2013, Anonymous, "Getting out of the closet and into the frying pan", Exeposé (University of Exeter), Issue 605, 19 February 2013, page 18:
      Bi-erasure can also be pretty stressful – why are bisexual people never mentioned in media debates about same-sex marriage?
    • 2013, Suryatapa Mukherjee, "In the Media: Orange Is the New Black", Quench (Cardiff University), Issue 139, November 2013, page 13:
      Some might argue that it leads to bi-erasure, as bisexuality is never discussed, but I'd give it time.
    • 2014, Andrew Koenig, "A Queer Reputation", Yale Daily News (Yale University), 14 February 2014, page B3:
      According to several students interviewed, “bi-erasure” provides a case in point. “If people see a dude making out with a dude, everyone presumes to know he’s gay,” Cienfuegos explained. “He might say he’s bi, but people will actively not believe him.”
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:bi-erasure.

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