A few Bisexuals in History you may not have known were Bisexual:
- William Shakespeare
- Eleanor Roosevelt
- Josephine Baker
- David Bowie
- Frank Ocean
- Azealia Banks
- Billie Joel Armstrong
- Margret Cho
“I call myself bisexual because I acknowledge in myself the potential to be attracted, romantically and/or sexually, to people of more than one sex, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.” -Robyn Orch
My coworker texted me while watching the Ken Burns Roosevelt documentary to tell me about how historians think Eleanor Roosevelt may have been bisexual because she may have had a female lover.
"did they say bisexual?" I said (already knowing the answer)
"No," was all my coworker said, but the fact that my coworker saw or heard "bisexual" when shown a woman who had romantic and sexual ties to men and women instead of taking historians at their face value and perpetuating the binary meant so much to me (as did the fact that she texts me whenever she hears bisexual news. I’m not her token bi friend, but I may be her only bi friend)
Yeah, I’ve been watching the Ken Burn’s documentary, and I was actually annoyed with how they handled it. They just kept referring to Hickok as “very close friends” over and over again. Even while reading excerpts of the letters which make it PRETTY CLEAR THAT THEY WERE HAVING AN AFFAIR. Like, they were planning to build a cottage int he wood to live in together. We can put two and two together. But no. “VERY GOOD FRIENDS” is all they would actually say. “VERY INTENSE FRIENDSHIP.” Such friendship. Yes. Wow.
But they are doing the same with with FDR and his multiple affairs too. Ah yes. FDR and Missy having such a….good friendship. Absolutely. MHm. Like…you can just admit that both of them were having all kinds of affairs ya know? We won’t be that scandalized. It’s ok.
The only issue I have with this list is the inclusion of William Shakespeare. I teach Shakespeare, and I’ve never seen any documentation that suggested or backed-up the claim that he was bisexual… just interpretive theories of selected works. Which is hardly solid evidence. They’re backed up as much as the theories that Shakespeare’s plays were actually written by Marlowe or Francis Bacon.
I have nothing against the idea that he is, and would even give me something more to talk about in class… (wouldn’t even surprise me, frankly) but I’m not going to do that based on pure speculation and wishful thinking.
I don’t mean to poo-poo on any parades… but if it’s supposed to give inspiration to young bisexuals to make themselves feel better, doing so with Shakespeare is giving false inspiration. It’s lying to make someone feel better, and that never works out like we hope. Besides, there’s plenty of figures (more relatable ones, even) from the past 200 years to give that inspiration… such as the individuals from the rest of the list.
Show me the citation and the evidence… and I’ll listen. But seeing as how there isn’t a whole heck of a lot that was written on Shakespeare and his personal life… I seriously doubt that such credible evidence exists.
I teach Shakespeare too.
One hundred and twenty six of his love sonnets were addressed explicitly to a man (“Fair Lord” and “FairYouth”) Whether or not this is always to an ACTUAL man or to an imagined man (like a muse) is unclear, but many of these same poems were DEDICATED to a patron “Mr. W. H.” This could be one of a few of his patrons Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton and William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke.
And we arent just talking about any old Sonnets here. We’re talking about some of the BIG ones. His “Dark Lady” sonnets are some of his best known ones written for women, but some of his “Fair Lord” sonnets include “Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s Day?” (The “master-mistress” of his affections indeed.)
And YES, there is always a degree of speculation that goes into historical figures like Shakespeare. And so little of Shakespeare’s personal records have survived today that we are reying heavily on his artistic works. But it’s hard not to look at the Dark Lady sonnets and the Fair Lord sonnets side by side and reach this conclusion unless you are eyeballs up in heteronormativity.
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The raven is sometimes known as “the wolf-bird.” Ravens, like many other animals, scavenge at wolf kills, but there’s more to it than that.
Both wolves and ravens have the ability to form social attachments and they seem to have evolved over many years to form these attachments with each other, to both species’ benefit.
There are a couple of theories as to why wolves and ravens end up at the same carcasses. One is that because ravens can fly, they are better at finding carcasses than wolves are. But they can’t get to the food once they get there, because they can’t open up the carcass. So they’ll make a lot of noise, and then wolves will come and use their sharp teeth and strong jaws to make the food accessible not just to themselves, but also to the ravens.
Ravens have also been observed circling a sick elk or moose and calling out, possibly alerting wolves to an easy kill. The other theory is that ravens respond to the howls of wolves preparing to hunt (and, for that matter, to human hunters shooting guns). They find out where the wolves are going and following. Both theories may be correct.
Wolves and ravens also play. A raven will sneak up behind a wolf and yank its tail and the wolf will play back. Ravens sometimes respond to wolf howls with calls of their own, resulting in a concert of howls and calls.
Sources: Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich, The American Crow and the Common Raven, Lawrence Kilham
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yes unfortunately i am indeed a white male
Kitten needs you to slow down so she can catch up.
honestly why are all these marauder’s era edits portraying them styled like they’re from the 50’s teddy boy era or something
really if they wore muggle clothes it’d be more like