After taking the internet by storm, the “bi-chair” is now for sale.
As PinkNews was the first to report, the Iowa-based artist and barista Israel Walker is selling two versions of the design. The original retails for $100 on Etsy, while a slightly modified version will set you back an extra $20. The chairs are available on Walker's Etsy page, RadicalizedHobo.
Still no word, however, on the availability of bisexual or asexual chairs, as well as stools that just don't want to be labeled, bro.
Good news for queer people who like to sit: A Brazilian artist and Iowa woodworker have collaborated to build the world’s first chair for bisexuals.
It began when Brazilian artist Má Matiazi posted a doodle of a “bi-chair… for people who can’t sit straight” on Instagram. With sections for folded legs, and armrests at different heights, the half-joke half-serious image was a playful reference to an Internet meme about queer people habitually contorting themselves when sitting.
The post went viral, and that’s how it reached Israel Walker, a barista living in Iowa. His daughter, who he says identifies as bisexual genderfuck, is a fan of bisexual-sitting memes, and so he asked Matiazi for permission to construct the chair for real.
The result is a pleasantly inventive piece of furniture that closely matches the original design, with some extra space for legs.
His Facebook post unveiling the chair seems to have gone even more viral than the original illustration. The photos have been accompanied by hundreds of appreciative comments and interest in having it mass-manufactured.
“I’m straight and down a’f,” writes one commentor. “Yo, you need to patent this ASAP.
It's perfect,” writes another. “Me gusta me gusta! Ya se que hacer con mi pierna,” writes another commenter, excited about having space for their leg.
This is just the first iteration of the design. Walker says he’ll be working on a revised version over the weekend, and he hopes to have something new to reveal on Monday.
The bisexual sitting meme is a bit like the gay Babadook fandom from a few years back: Initially started as a goofy joke, there was just enough proof to the idea that wonky sitting is a sign of bisexual culture that the idea took off.
It’s hard to say exactly where the meme began — possibly with Twitter user @eIektranatchi, who wrote in 2017, “bi culture is not sitting properly.”
“The amount of times my family members yell at me for not sitting properly … what a bi brand,” wrote @atwelldingles in 2018. By that point, images and first-person stories about strange bisexual seating habits had become widespread. Perhaps the real bisexual chair was us all along.
It’s unknown why heterosexuals have a comparatively limited range of posture when sitting, with only scant research into the phenomenon. One recent study indicates that straight people may benefit from adopting more mundane seating positions for mating purposes.
The bi-chair and its associated posture now joins other aspects of bisexual culture, such as cuffed jeans, elaborate jackets, and feeling erased by both mainstream and queer communities.