Writer Lux Alptraum complained in a Tuesday op-ed that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema “seems to embody many of the nasty assumptions about bi women I’ve worked my whole life to avoid.”
In the NBC News article published Monday, Alptraum worried that Sinema’s fall from celebrated “bi icon” to reviled “Democratic turncoat” was hurting the bisexual community, and her in particular.
- “As a bisexual woman — and one who, like Sinema, is white and cisgender — I now cringe every time the senator makes the headlines. Whether it’s fashion columnists dissecting her showy personal style, cartoonists mocking her as a ‘manic pixie dream senator’ or the seemingly endless analyses of her inscrutability, Sinema seems to embody many of the nasty assumptions about bi women I’ve worked my whole life to avoid,” Alptraum said.
- “[I]t feels fair to wish she’d put a little more effort into being a bit less of a stereotype.”
Alptraum also expressed disappointment in Sinema’s “representation” of bisexuals, saying “it’s clear that politicians from marginalized backgrounds don’t always act in the best interests of their community.”
- “Sinema herself is proof of that,” she added. “Despite her own history with poverty, she’s worked to gut the social safety net provisions included in the Build Back Better Act.”
- Alptraum was referring to Sinema’s leading role in forcing fellow Democrats to scale back their sweeping spending bill which has provoked heavy criticism and sometimes harassment of her from the left.
Sinema has said that she represents the people of Arizona.
Nikole Hannah Jones, the creator of The New York Times’ 1619 Project, showcased progressive intolerance of dissent from within protected identity groups when she infamously tweeted in 2019: “There is a difference between being politically black and being racially black.”
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