I never watch TV but in the past few weeks I heard about a show called "A Shot at Love" with a bisexual "MySpace Maven" who took reality dating shows to a new level - high stakes bisexuality.
The MTV program was predictably trashy, but they seem to have perfected their craft becuase if the show was on in my house I could not take my eyes off the screen. First, they had a ton of gorgeous men and women on the show, displaying lots of skin. Always a crowd pleaser. I loved the reaction of all the men when they realized they had to compete not just with blonde, beautiful, butch boys but also with blonde, beautiful butch and femme women (all of whom were lesbian and equally surprised at the plot twist).
The star, Tila Tequila is a self-proclaimed writer, producer, model, entertainer and singer. She is hot, which gave the show major appeal, but the dramatic formulaic date-show predictability leaves the viewer with only a brief dose of what the contestants are actually going through. So although I think the show is complete trash, I do think it did an overall good job of helping normalize bisexuality and demystifying lesbian relationships and intimacy. Stereotypes were minimal and many of the folks on the show were very respectful. I have to admit, It was a guilty pleasure to see so many men worried that they weren't man enough to compete with other women.
The love match, in the end, came down to one lesbian and one straight guy. You could cut the tension with a remote control. As is the fate with most GLBT figures in mass media, the queer loses out. Tila picks the straight boy.
I was rooting for the lesbian, but you just knew how this story was going to end. Society still sees a happy ending as heterosexual, normative and having the possibility of children. I wonder how heterosexual viewers were feeling as Tila narrowed down the field. All I can say is that I was happy too see that bisexuality had it's day in the sun - an entire show dedicated to exploring this taboo subject. Granted, if it was male bisexuality it may not have been a hit with as many viewers, but at least it would keep moving the ball down the field.