Nothing like starting the morning with a bit of fun at someone else's expense. In this case, by replying to a post I read on a maillist.
"The latest episodes of the new Doctor Who introduce a new supporting
character, Captain Jack Harkness, a charming con agent from the 51st.
century. He's pretty explicitly made out to be bisexual: when we first
see him, he comments on the Doctor's companion's "nice bottom." And then
he turns to a male character and says, "you've got a nice bottom too."
Later, he makes several comments about his bisexuality, until Rose (the
Doctor's companion) asks the Doctor about it. The Doctor replies that by
the 51st. century, humans are *very* flexible about sex partners,
including lots of alien species. At the end of that storyline, Captain
Jack joins the Doctor and Rose aboard the TARDIS, promising lots of
bisexual excitement in following episodes as well."
"So, he likes women, likes men, and apparently likes a wide variety of aliens
of indeterminate gender... so why are you promoting gender stereotypes by
calling him bisexual?!
On behalf of countless thousands of alien species who don't fall into your
narrow, tidy definition of sexual behavior, I feel I must protest. Clearly,
he is pansexual. By calling him bisexual, you're discriminating against a
wide variety of nongendered, multigendered, and hermaphroditic species out
there. You wouldn't call someone who made love with the plasma seed swarms
of the Thrax a bisexual, even if they appeared in a corporial human form in
order to not offend your sensibilities, would you? Why, they have at least
*SIX* genders alone... and even more in zero gravity!
Just go ahead and call a Txrrraal of Hydrae Six a bisexual and see what they
think about it. You'd be lucky *just* to get your head bitten off... more
likely, you'd have your glands agonizingly sucked out of your body through a