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Closet, Biphobia, and Activism: Beavier, a graphic novel about bisexuality.

On January 27, 2021, the following WhatsApp audio will travel from Sants to Poble Sec (Barcelona):

“Hello, I’m here with your wonderful fanzine, I will send you the audio, I hope you like it (…) Please, the cartoon of the Ministry of Monosexism, hahaha, it is wonderful! (…) I’m dying for love ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh … I mean, it’s all very real … Man, I’m crazy about this fanzine, really, I’m not just saying it ‘s unbelievable. ”

It is very difficult to express the journey that comes with reading a graphic novel I find life difficult (Melusina) For a person who, like me, is accustomed to the format of an essay and has everything well argued and justified. This first review, which I did not know about the author’s work, in a pointless audio format, I tried to convey to him a cocktail of emotions that I experienced while reading the first sketch – which I was lucky to receive first – restrained my fear of harassment of a friend who Luckily, I could not scare her and today I was lucky enough to be able to go through and sort out a bit of the feelings that were now repeated while re-reading it, already many times, a year later and a little later.

I find life difficult Is an extended version of a self-published fanzine in graphic novel format B-Vir I find it difficultPublished in 2021 and selected the same year at the Pichi Fest fanzine festival. Its author, Maria Cueralto, began to draw a picture from the loose vignettes she portrayed during the unspoken year of the pandemic as an understanding of her own process of becoming bisexual. In its final version, we follow the protagonist on a journey that goes through four main phases: introspection, closet, biphobia, and activism. Following this structure, Kveralto manages to compress both gentle and funny, difficult situations into short vignettes that are difficult to unravel, thus telling its story, which is the story of many others.

In one of the vignettes, the protagonist hears about bisexuality and thinks: “Could it be …? No, I’m too overwhelmed to be so cool. “Maria has such a sense of sarcastic humor and is so capable of nailing herself to her fears and inconsistencies with laughter that it ‘s impossible not to feel something healing you inside. That we can not only release what once hurt us, but also look at it with humor.

Biphobia stigmas appear in the mouth of both the protagonist and those around him during the reading, and the damage they can cause, we understand that even with the best of intentions we can delay leaving the closet. Bisexual man. And here’s the secret of this graphic novel: the author is not trying to teach a lesson, it is a generous and heartfelt narrative of how his process went, without attempting to universalize it, though for many of us it is a mirror image. From our own experience.

One of the most valuable elements of this question is that the protagonist in the story does not interfere with anyone. In other words, the story tells the story of recognizing oneself as bisexual without going through an internship process. I was going to apologize to him Spoilers, But I think the impetus to do so once again reflects the advantage we have always given to sexuality, which seems to be the backbone of any story about sexual-affective diversity. This, the repetition of which the asexual group is tired of, is vital to B, given that one of the forms of violence that forms Biphobia is hypersexualization.

You just have to listen

In fact, many of us still practice our sex-affecting practices to “demonstrate” our identity. I have hardly read LGTBIQA + thematic books (including politicized ones, and I can say especially those) that do not treat them as a turning point, as a transition ritual, as the inevitable end of the identity process, or as a moment. Verification: Now that I have tried it, I can now name myself with complete confidence. I find life difficult He reminds us that the answer is not necessarily in practice. We just have to listen to ourselves, pay attention to how our body reacts to certain situations, something so terribly simple that it hurts to think about how difficult it is for us to be direct, to compete, and to measure what a person is based on. External comparison and not from visceral thermometer.

This book is a gentle reminder of where I need to go back when I need to, a small field of calm when we forget that the conviction of who we are lies in the body, no matter how much talk we try to shelter. I wish I had read it years ago when I was lost in articles and books to explain what was happening to me as the mother of a crazy man who was joined by a thread full of newspaper clippings with red threads. This book, Beyond Bisexuality, finally deals with emotions and the importance of contact with them.

However, this whole journey can be very difficult if you do it alone. This accompaniment is found in the team by the main character, who could still fail “Well, I’m looking for a girlfriend and let’s go.” In a few vignettes the author decentralizes romantic love, reveals complex emotions, reflects the importance of activism, sends a love letter to friends, and when tears begin to flow, makes us laugh again. For this reason, it is here and not before the doors are opened to do what was terrible: arm yourself with courage and say to someone “I like you”.

I find life difficult This is a place where we need to go back in moments of satiety or loneliness, gently take you to the starting point and remind yourself that everything is easier, that we do not walk alone, that we will be fine.

Source: El Diario





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