Anonymous said: Ppl think Clara is bi b/c Oswin said in her episode that she had a relationship with a girl but it was "experimenting"
That. Is. Not. Representation.
That doesn’t mean she’s bi. That doesn’t mean she’s not. There are plenty of people who’ve tried relationships or hook ups that end up not being attracted to that gender. (Okay, I’m using cis people as my example here, because that’s what Clara is.) If you’re gay and you try dating someone of the opposite gender, that doesn’t make you straight or bi. You can still be gay. If you identify as gay, then you are gay. The same goes for straight people who try things with people of the same sex. If they’re just “experimenting” then they aren’t suddenly not straight. Take Flaca and Maritza from OITNB. They kiss, as an experiment, and realize they’re not into it. That could be the case with Clara, or she could have actually been attracted to this girl and cared about her and been with her because she isn’t straight, but we cannot tell by one mention.
So to count on someone experimenting as being represented, it’s bull. That isn’t enough for us. I refuse to let that be enough.
Going back to the original ask, having each female make one small remark that might indicate they are bi/pan/queer at all, or might indicate they are flirty or just tried dating a girl once and realized they weren’t into girls, that is not representation. That is erasure and the fact that Moffat thinks that’s enough shows what a biphobic jerk he is,
I’m also 99% sure that Clara says something along the lines “I was going through a phase” and that is just awful, because the whole “phase” thing is so incredibly harmful to the LGBT+ community, especially to bisexual young women as far as my knowledge goes. So no, its not good representation. (not saying that fluidity is wrong or anything here by the way, or that you can’t experiment with relationships)