Transcription: Discussing Bisexuality, How To Combat Biphobia And More with Marion Jochmans (Ep 5)

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Kirsty Taylor 0:06

Hello, and welcome back to Fancy A Blether? podcast. I'm your host, Kirsty Taylor. And just a quick housekeeping thing before I welcome our guest for this week, the website should be up on Sunday. So stay tuned on our Instagram @fancyablether to check that out on Sunday. And now I'm going to welcome Marion Jochmans I always feel like I mess up your last name.

Marion Jochmans 0:31

That was correct, Jochmans, Jochmans, I mean, it's dutch.

Kirsty Taylor 0:36

I just remember that tutorial where you were like, well we were wine drunk.

Marion Jochmans 0:41

Yeah, that was hilarious. I think I went on for so long to try to explain to him how to say my first name actually, which was just a mess.

Kirsty Taylor 0:50

Yeah, I was kicking you under the table. I was like Marion, shut up. So basically, em for those of you listening that don't know Marion and I we met at, well I suppose we met through Facebook. Technically.

Marion Jochmans 1:03

Yeah, yeah, no, we did for sure.

Kirsty Taylor 1:07

We like met on a, I don't even know what it was. It was like a group, a Facebook group or something. And then

Marion Jochmans 1:15

just for like, future students at Napier, just to, like, meet the people that are going to be on your course.

Kirsty Taylor 1:23

Yeah, it was so weird. And then we just, of course, my idea. We played 20 questions we find out we had a lot in common. We're like, Oh, we have all this. Every answer was like the same.

Marion Jochmans 1:34

I know.

Kirsty Taylor 1:36

Yeah. And then that tutorial we were talking about was like our first tutorial where we went to a little place called Bia Bistro in Edinburgh. And one of our course mates bought us wine before our first tutorial at uni and I don't think we even ate. No, I think I had a salad.

Marion Jochmans 1:57

I just had like two glasses of wine. And I was tipsy

A great start to university

Kirsty Taylor 2:03

It was, I think it was red wine too though

Marion Jochmans 2:05

it was red wine.

Kirsty Taylor 2:07

Yeah, it's stronger. Yeah, I really think red wine has more of an impact than white.

Marion Jochmans 2:11

On an empty stomach for sure.

Kirsty Taylor 2:15

It was a good time.

Marion Jochmans 2:16

It was

Kirsty Taylor 2:21


It's been five years. It's okay. We, we both graduated. Don't worry, guys.

Okay, so we're gonna hop into our small wonders of the week. And so those of you that are new to the podcast, small wonder of the week is just something that you've enjoyed during the week. It is typically something that's like on a smaller scale or like underappreciated. Sometimes it's bigger, but this week, hopefully we're keeping it small. So I'll just kick it off with mine. So my small wonder of the week for this week is just sitting down for dinner, like having sit down meal at lunch and dinner. My dad works from home and I'm back home now. And it's nice to be able to have lunch with him. I even cooked him a really nice lunch today, you know, star daughter, and it's just really nice to have someone to chat to and not be like listening to a podcast or staring a TV screen while I'm eating. So that is my small wonder of the week. What's yours, Marion?

Marion Jochmans 3:18

Yeah, I love that. I think my small wonder is, so I've been I was in lockdown by myself in Edinburgh. And then I've just been back home to Belgium. I flew back a little bit over two weeks ago now. So I think my small wonder of this week is hugging my parents. And just being home really.

Kirsty Taylor 3:40

Oh, yeah, I totally get that, that was nice. Yeah. To have like that intimacy. I agree.

Marion Jochmans 3:46

Yeah, exactly. Because three weeks without hugs was actually, three weeks. Sorry. Three months was quite rough.

Kirsty Taylor 3:53

Three weeks would be rough too but three months.

Marion Jochmans 3:56

Exactly, but three months was horrible. So yeah it's nice to be able to be close to the people that I love again, for sure.

Kirsty Taylor 4:04

Nice. And then we're just gonna kick into the next portion of the podcast that is weekly, which is what we're engaging with. So in other weeks, I've mainly made it like media's, whether that's like a TV series, a book, a podcast, etc. But this week, I just want to keep it simple. And then I've just been engaging with other people and having conversations about things going on in the world, whether that's anti racism, being a better ally to LGBTQ plus people and just, I don't know, just like or being more eco conscious. So just having conversations with people I'm close to because obviously, if you have conversations with like your friends and family and they respect you, they might be more willing to listen than if they're reading something online and things like that. So that's how I've been engaging with things. I don't know if you have something you'd like to share, Marion?

Marion Jochmans 4:55

Yeah, I mean, I've been doing the same thing. Just talking to my family about these issues. Especially the racism in the US and the prison industrial complex and all of that. In terms of media, though, I've actually recently started rewatching Orange is the New Black, and I got to the last season where they kind of get into ICE. So I'm reading more about that as well.And trying to educate myself on what's happening over there at the moment. So, yeah.

Kirsty Taylor 5:28

Yeah, I think there's a petition going around right now. I can if I can find it, I can put it in the show notes about ICE because they're deporting students, I think it's students right?.

Marion Jochmans 5:38

Yes, yes I did see that. Yeah, they are deporting students right now, which is just it's just absolutely disgusting. So yeah, that's definitely something I need to read more about and engage with more for sure.

Kirsty Taylor 5:45

Yeah, I can put that petition in the shownotes for anyone that wants to check it out. And yeah, so now we will kick into the poem of the week.

So for this week's poem, it was quite hard to find a poem that really captured the essence of what I wanted. I wanted a poem that would celebrate bisexuality in many different ways rather than focusing on the sexual poems there's a lot of poems that are quite sexual about bisexuality, which is fine. There's nothing wrong with that, but I wanted something that celebrated all the different aspects of being bisexual. So I found a poem by LGBT poet laureate, Trudy Howson and I'll have more about her in the show notes. And she wrote a poem just called 'Bisexual Visibility Day'. And so yeah, I'm just going to read the poem to you.

'Bisexual Visibility Day'. Do or die, laugh or cry, Why not? Gay or Bi, bold or shy. Let's not pretend we haven't been there. Or tell ourselves we aren't aware. Let's not judge just because we haven't experienced the possibility. Let's put our prejudice aside. Be Gay or Bi, no need to hide. September is the month that we celebrate bisexuality. It's pretty cool to be that way. Open to love, both straight and gay. And Who the hell are we to say, it's wrong to be able to feel that way? Don't we hate it when people say that it's not natural to be trans or gay. So let's embrace the joy that we can share together, of being free. Instead of a wall let's have a door. Instead of less, let's have more. It's love that makes the world rotate. Let's support each other, not hesitate. Let's make the world a better place, for bisexuals of every age and race.

Yeah, so that's the poem by Trudy Howson. So that is our poem for the week.

Hi guys. Kirsty just popping in here for the charity spot of the week. As you know, we like to keep it on point with what the topic of the episode is. So this week I asked Marion what charity she would like to highlight and she said LGBT Youth Scotland. So LGBT Youth Scotland is a charity, which is all about getting involved in helping and loving and being a good ally to LGBTQ plus young people in particular in Scotland, and there's lots of different ways you can get involved, their website is, which I'll have in the show notes. There is fundraising, obviously that you can do like most charities, fundraising, volunteering, campaigns and events, and their recent campaign hashtag still proud was thinking of positive ways to use the money we might normally have spent on pride events this summer. So you can check that out their website and another thing I just wanted to highlight from this awesome charity is m IDA HOBIT or IDAHOBIT 2020, which is Join us as we mark the International Day against homophobia, biphobia, inter phobia and transphobia in 2020, with this interactive digital workshop, so you can check that out on their website, which will be in the show notes. Enjoy the rest of the episode.

Okay, so now we're gonna kick into the main episode of the week. So this week we're talking about just I guess about sexuality in general, but specifically about being bisexual and I guess about combating biphobia. I was trying to think of the right word and I think I like combating it so far. Yeah, I To be honest, I think I stole it from an article I read earlier. So I'll give, I'll give credit. But yeah, so we're just going to talk a little bit about all of that, I guess.

Marion Jochmans 10:10

Let's do it.

Kirsty Taylor 10:11

So we wanted to start off by talking about, I guess, but being bisexual means like, you feel like a lot of people know, but I feel like people don't really know. What bisexual means.

Marion Jochmans 10:22

Yeah, no for sure I think people kind of misinterpreted or just don't completely understand it. Which is fair enough, because I think bisexuality is different for every single person. Like everybody kind of experiences it differently. So yeah, it's hard to explain sometimes so.

Kirsty Taylor 10:40

Yeah, I agree. I think the main thing to remember when you talk about when somebody like says they're bisexual or you talk about bisexuality is it's not like a one, a one glove is that the saying? or one shoe fits all.

Marion Jochmans 10:53

One size fits all?

Kirsty Taylor 10:54

That's the saying. One glove? I don't know where that came from. I've just finished watching the people vs. OJ Simpson. There's like a big thing.

Marion Jochmans 11:09

Oh a glove, I know.

Kirsty Taylor 11:10

There's a big thing about a glove in that so it must be where that came from. But that's so random. Yeah, one size I literally wrote it in the Word doc, yeah one size fits all. I think it's just. For sure for me personally, I think like sexuality is more of a spectrum. I know like people have differing opinions on that. Whose theory is that?

Marion Jochmans 11:34

Kinsey. You've got the Kinsey scale from like, one to six. That's what I'm thinking about at the moment.

Kirsty Taylor 11:43

Yeah, no, that's Yeah, that's it. But um, yeah, so it's not like if you're bisexual doesn't mean you like 50% women 50% men or you don't and it doesn't mean that you don't like non binary people. It doesn't mean that you don't like transsexual people. Like it's not, it's not like that. It's just Yeah.

Marion Jochmans 12:04

yeah, no, exactly. I think there is this misconception first of all that bisexuality means 50/50, which it isn't for some people, probably yes but not for everyone. And then again, as you say, there is just that. Again, just misconception about the actual definition because by means two, so people assume that being bisexual means you're only attracted to two genders, but that's not actually the case it means you're attracted to your own gender and other genders.

Kirsty Taylor 12:33

Yeah exactly.

Marion Jochmans 12:34

So, bisexuality includes trans people, and it includes non binary people, which is something I feel like I always have to explain but um, yeah,

Kirsty Taylor 12:45

yeah, I thought you actually shared something really interesting was, I think was an Instagram post, right?

Marion Jochmans 12:54

Yes, yes, yes

Kirsty Taylor 12:55

Which I can link below as well. About the difference between bisexuality and pansexuality which I thought was really interesting, because I feel like that's something that even people who are of one of those sexualities kind of like. Yeah, it's like a weird.

Marion Jochmans 13:11

It is it is. I think I've even I mean, I've had people ask me like, Well, why do you identify as bi and not pan if you include, like trans people? And I was like, well, because. Because that's bisexuality, like, it's fine. I think it's very much. I think it's confusing for everyone. But also, I mean, there is there are a few differences in between the two in between bisexuality and pansexuality, which was very well explained in the post. But, but, you know, they're quite similar and they overlap and and it's kind of it kind of comes to like, your preference to what you are more comfortable identifying as,

Kirsty Taylor 13:57

Yeah, I think it's

Marion Jochmans 13:58

Sorry I lost my train of thought for a second

Kirsty Taylor 13:59

No, you're no, you're fine. I think I totally agree. Like, it's just it's personal, like sexuality is such a personal thing. And that's why I personally feel like there's a weird kind of what's the term like there's a weird kind of line with it because it's like, you don't want to advertise all the time your sexuality, but you also don't want to be hiding it. So it's like that hard. But it's like you don't go to the Oscars or whatever and like, have your name written and presenter and then homosexual, bisexual. You know what I mean? Like, it's not like, it's a it's a it's a label, but I don't like to label if that makes sense. Like, yeah,

Marion Jochmans 14:35

it's just that we live in a world that wants to label everything.

Kirsty Taylor 14:39

Yeah, like I, in terms of like a label. I completely understand the history behind the label and like, why people fight for the rights and like, why people have to come out and things like that, like I get that, but also would be nice. And also, to be honest, probably very optimistic at this point, to live in a world where like, you don't have to come at it. It's just I mean,

Marion Jochmans 15:01

uh huh.

Kirsty Taylor 15:03

Yeah, so, um, so I feel like we're not gonna talk about coming out stories because I feel like I don't know

Marion Jochmans 15:10


Kirsty Taylor 15:12


Marion Jochmans 15:13

it's overdone.

Yeah, exactly.

But yeah, we don't need to talk about that.

Kirsty Taylor 15:19

It's just kind of like, do you ever come out once like I thought you said something really interesting. And Olivia oh I'm going to butcher her last name. How do you say her last name?

Marion Jochmans 15:31


Kirsty Taylor 15:32

Okay yes, in her in the interview with her on her YouTube, you say something really interesting about you don't really ever come out once, like you're coming out basically your whole life and I thought that was such a like, Good point. It was like well, you don't ever like just be like, Oh yeah, I'm done now everyone knows.

Marion Jochmans 15:51

I know because I hate I kind of will not hate because I get it but it does sometimes. Slightly annoy me when people ask me about my coming out story because I never know where to start and where to end because I'm like, it's still happening. That's my entire life.

Kirsty Taylor 16:05

Yeah exactly, I totally get it. Like, I feel like, I don't really like to I don't really label my sexuality at all. Like, I just personally am like, I don't like that. Yeah, I'm not for that, but if I was to label it, like if somebody put a gun to my head and say you have to label your sexuality, I would probably say I was bi and like, but I don't feel like I've ever really come out, like, my, like, I've spoken to my parents and said, like, but it's never been like a big, like a big thing. It's not like, oh, we're gonna have this party with like a rainbow cake and all this stuff. Like, it's just like, this is the like, I've just said, What would you? But I kind of like I guess I've tested the waters. And yeah, like, I've been like, oh, what would How would you react if like, Rory that's my brother. came home with a boyfriend cuz I'm like, oh, like, test it out,

Marion Jochmans 16:57

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Kirsty Taylor 16:58

But I feel like it's it's like one of those things like Why should I have to bring it up? Like I remember once. I was like with um, I obviously was with one of some of the boys I play sport with was like me and like five guys or something. And they were talking about when we were on holiday in Mallorca. And we had we met up with this like cycling woman who was like an elite cyclist came to like ride with us sometimes as part of the package. And she was good looking. And the boys were all talking about it and like saying, like, Oh, yeah, she was so fit and like, all this stuff. And then I was just like, fuck it. And I said, Yeah, she was actually like, really fit. And then they were all like yeah but it's not the same. And I was like, excuse me. I was like, um

Marion Jochmans 17:21

Actually yeah.

Kirsty Taylor 17:35

Yeah. And they all just like went silent. And they were like, Oh, I never like, knew that. And I was like, why would you? like Yeah, why? Why would you need to?

Marion Jochmans 17:53

Yeah, exactly. I know. I know. I yeah. I don't think I've ever like I've never, I don't think I've ever come out as bi actually. I've always just like, come out. quote on quote.

Kirsty Taylor 18:06

With who you are with?

Marion Jochmans 18:05

Yeah exactly. I just telling people like, yeah, I like girls like this. Yeah, I'm attracted to women that's it.

Kirsty Taylor 18:09

Yeah, I was just like, What's your problem? When they were like, Oh, yeah, but it's not the same and I was like, well Oh, yeah, is the same actually, it's exactly the same. It was so funny, but they didn't think obviously, it didn't mean anything by it, but I was just kind of like, Well, why would I tell you that? Like, have you ever asked? Like if you asked, I wouldn't deny it, but you never asked. So why would I bring it up? I'm just training one day.

Marion Jochmans 18:37

Mm hmm.

Kirsty Taylor 18:38

I was like, I didn't just show up a training one day like, oh, by the way, guys, like I'm into girls as well as guys.

Marion Jochmans 18:42

Yes because why would you do that? Exactly.

Kirsty Taylor 18:46

Running on a track like, Oh, just so you know, like, I talk a lot at training to be fair, and I could probably bring up anything but yeah, I think one of the other things

Marion Jochmans 18:56

But like

Kirsty Taylor 18:56

Oh no, you go?

Marion Jochmans 18:57

Oh, yeah, no, I'm just gonna say that. Like, I do understand that. Like not wanting to label or come out, but then at the same time, like I kind of, like the labeling and the coming out in the sense of I just like being like, I'm proud to be Bi, do you know what I mean? Because I used to be so ashamed of it. And then it's so nice to be a part of the community. And, yeah, I've also, I also do think that coming out sometimes is important, just because because it's a rough process. It's quite difficult to come to terms with it. So it's nice when you're, when you can tell others and like, not make too much big of a deal, but kind of make a deal out of it to be like, I recognize like, I recognize your struggle.

Kirsty Taylor 19:43

Yeah, I totally get what you mean just to be like, Oh, I have like a place where I belong, kind of thing. Yeah, I get you. I just feel like I haven't deciphered for myself. Like, if I would consider myself Bi or Pan because I just

Marion Jochmans 19:56

Right, yes

Kirsty Taylor 19:56

Because that's just something I haven't worked out yet.