I agree it's wrong to erase a lesbian character's orientation, but I don't rly like the use of "she's never dated/openly showed interest in a man so she can't be bi" argument to prove someone is a lesbian. I'm bi and I haven't yet dated a girl,
but that doesn’t make me any less bisexual. And tbh, I think anyone would be grossed out by Mayor Dewey. So though there’s a good chance Pearl is a lesbian, it’s not impossible that she’s bi. That’s just my thoughts! ^-^
Hey, thanks for being so polite about this!
The thing is she shows discomfort with men in addition to a profound lack of interest; not only in Dewey, but also in Greg. Remember in Coach Steven when Greg asked Pearl if she came out to check out his “buff studs”, and her response was “no”, with a pretty uncomfortable look?
Her discomfort and lack of attraction towards men (and men flirting with her) and obvious attraction to Rose, for example, suggests to me that she’s a lesbian.
And the thing about the whole “well maybe she hasn’t found the right man yet” idea is that’s something a lot of lesbians are told. A ton lesbians are forced to deal with things like “well you just haven’t found the right man yet, you just need to wait for the right man and you’ll see”. And applying that to Pearl (who is definitely a lesbian) is lesbophobic I think, because it’s a way of saying that a lesbian needs a man in her life and the only reason she’s attracted to women and women-aligning NB folks is because she just “hasn’t found the right man”. It erases a lesbian’s identity, and that’s really not cool!