I could talk about the tragedy that is the representation of lesbians in the TV shows ’til my face turns blue, but alas, TV has arguably been kinder to them than it has to bisexuals.
So when Orange is the New Black started and the main premise was a bisexual main character, I didn’t expect all that much and… was pleasantly surprised. I also couldn’t believe how refreshing it was to have a show address sexual fluidity, especially after the disaster on Glee where Santana and Dani were all “Ewwww bisexuals”.
But what’s great about the show isn’t simply Piper’s bisexuality but that the fear many people have of dating bisexuals is addressed too. When Piper leaves Alex and she says “First rule, never fall in love with a straight girl” she is addressing the prejudice many lesbians have about dating bisexual women. Larry expresses the same thing but on the other side of the spectrum when he asks Piper’s brother “Is she gay now?” after finding out about Piper’s affair with Alex.
The show doesn’t go “Oh those bisexuals, you can’t trust them!” much like Glee did but instead pulls out great lines like this in response to “Is she gay now?”
Everyone’s always trying to label bisexuals one way or another and Piper continues to refute that. She tells Polly “I like hot girls. I like hot boys. What can I say? I’m shallow.” and when talking about her sexuality says: