#1: puns

20 07 2008

“Immanuel doesn’t pun; he Kant.” — Oscar Wilde

Whoever said “puns are the lowest form of humor” was probably not getting laid regularly. Puns are a form of wordplay that exists in all languages.They’re cheeky, exploit the multiple meanings of words and are the verbal equivalent of a double take. Come again, you ask? Bisexuals are the reigning pundits of the field because they operate on the assumption that nothing has a fixed meaning, much like sexual identity. In such instances, the pun is indeed mightier than the sword.

Take the term hasbien for example. This is used as a mildly derisive name for lesbians who have gone back to men, thus igniting a series of angry focus groups from dykes the world over. Instead of viewing ourselves as traitors, or policing others for the sake of political correctness, we decided not to go bi the book and instead created a humorous renaming in the word hasbien.

Another reason bisexuals like puns is because the word bi is infinitely pun-able. Take a quick look at these bi publications. Seattle Women’s Bisexual Network newsletter “North Bi Northwest,” “BiAngles” a bisexual zine, “BiCEP” the Bisexual Committee Engaging in Politics, “LeBiDo” and my favorite, the Queer Nation Bi Caucus, “UBIQUITOUS” (Uppity Bi Queers United in Their Overtly Unconventional Sexuality).

Other types of puns we like are Tom Swifties (“You’re average, he said meanly”), knock-knock jokes (Orange you glad I didn’t say punana?) and Freudian slips (when you say one thing but mean a mother). Like bisexuals, puns revel in the apparent contradictoriness of associations and make us think twice. And, just like condoms, puns should be used on every conceivable occasion.

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31 07 2008
#7: Unintentional Porn « stuff bisexuals like

[…] appreciate unintentional porn, not only for its double entendre and heteroflexibility (see Puns), but because it allows us the rare opportunity to express the dirty thoughts/blog […]

10 08 2008
#10: Asses « stuff bisexuals like

[…] “The qualities that make the ass ‘beautiful’ and ‘well-formed’ are not fixed, as sexual aesthetics of the buttocks vary considerably from culture to culture, from one period of fashion to another” says Wikipedia. And as Salon.com and Gisele Bundchen have taught us – The Ass is the new Crack (#1). […]

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