so I know that everyone on tumblr freaked out about cosima's 'my sexuality isn't the most interesting thing about me' line but. idk. it made me feel a little weird? my sexuality isn't the most interesting thing about me but it's still an important part of who I am and my identity? it kind of felt like she was saying her sexuality was irrelevant. when, for a lot of queer people, it's a pretty integral part of them. you seem pretty cool so I was wondering what your take on it is?
hi anon, I actually think this is a really important discussion to have, so I’m glad you came to chat with me about it! and I’m sorry for the late-ish reply.
first of all. you are 100% justified in feeling as though your sexuality is an important part of your identity. I know that many queer people feel the same way. and so it’s understandable that you would watch that scene and not feel entirely represented by cosima.
the thing is, there are also queer people who do feel as if their sexuality is not entirely relevant to their identity or who they are. I know that there were many people (including myself) who were extremely excited after the promo including that line was released, because they have struggled with people and/or society condensing them down to this one facet of themselves. and so it was nice to see this fictional character we all love and relate to stating that her sexuality is NOT the most interesting thing about her.
queer characters, especially the ones on orphan black, aren’t intended to represent an entire group or minority. the cast/crew have said many times that they only mean to tell the story and reality of one person, not all LGBTQA+ people. it would be irresponsible to believe that one character could even do that. so it makes sense that not all queer people would look at cosima, or hear that line, and feel represented. because she’s not representing everyone. and that’s okay. we don’t expect straight characters to represent every straight person, so it would be unfair of us to expect cosima to do the same for the queer community.
my proposed solution to these problems has always been this: MORE QUEER CHARACTERS. queer characters who label themselves, queer characters who don’t, queer characters who form their identities around their sexuality/gender, and queer characters who feel that sexuality/gender are quite unimportant to who they are. the more queer characters there are, and the more types of queer characters there are, the more people will be able to look to media and feel represented.