In praise of Shiva Baby and the Messy Bisexual

While historically the sexual fluidity of bisexual characters has been presented as something to fear and distrust, Emma Seligman’s feature-length directorial debut creates a Messy Bisexual for the ages. Yet film has been curiously slow to catch up. “Danielle is a Messy Bisexual, yes, but crucially her sexuality does not define her messiness.” Meanwhile, Broad City’s Ilana is an oversexed bisexual tornado but is still devoted to her friendship with Abbi; Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Rosa Diaz, who comes out as bisexual in the fifth season, has a lot more to her…