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Bisexuality in the United States : A Social Science Reader - Paula C. Rodriguez Rust

Bisexuality in the United States

A Social Science Reader

Paperback Published: 25th October 2000
ISBN: 9780231102278
Number Of Pages: 682
For Ages: 22+ years old

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For years bisexuality was considered merely a transitional stage between a person's presumed heterosexuality and "true" homosexuality, or vice versa, and was thereby regarded with suspicion by the lesbian and gay community and contempt by the "straight" world. The study and understanding of bisexuality has surpassed the stereotyped representations of previous eras (e.g., "Basic Instinct"), but few books attempt to seriously engage the subject as a whole. Paula Rust at last rectifies this absence in the literature by presenting the first interdisciplinary and comprehensive review of social scientific research and theory about bisexuality.

With contributions by sociologists, psychologists, historians, political theorists, and others, the book yields an overall picture of what we know, and what we don't know, about the subject. The book provides a wealth of information about the lives and experiences of bisexual people. Articles cover early research in which bisexuality was conceptualized as "situational homosexuality," pioneering research on bisexuality as an authentic sexual orientation, scholarship on bisexuality in the context of AIDS research, the phenomena of "bisexual chic" and biphobia, queer theory, and the contemporary relationship between academia and political activism. Selections include theoretical and empirical studies from social science perspectives as well as popular writings about the growth of the bisexual movement in the 1980s and 1990s.

A comprehensive discussion of the role of bisexuality in the history of sex research in the United States dating before 1970 through to 1999. Sexualities

Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Paving the Way for Research on Bisexualityp. 1
Wherefore Art Thou, Bisexuality?p. 3
Criticisms of the Scholarly Literature on Sexuality for Its Neglect of Bisexualityp. 5
Bisexuality: Reassessing Our Paradigms of Sexualityp. 11
A Little Bit of Lavender Goes a Long Way: A Critique of Research on Sexual Orientationp. 24
Now You Don't See It, Now You Dop. 31
Alternatives to Binary Sexuality: Modeling Bisexualityp. 33
Identity Conflict or Adaptive Flexibility? Bisexuality Reconsideredp. 55
A Critical Examination of the Concept of Genderp. 61
The Periodic Table Model of the Gender Transpositions: Part II. Limerent and Lusty Sexual Attractions and the Nature of Bisexualityp. 78
Beyond Gender: The Basis of Sexual Attraction in Bisexual Men and Womenp. 92
From Sexual Identity to Sexual Relationships: A Contextual Shiftp. 99
Gender Identity and Sexual Behaviourp. 104
How Many Bisexuals Are There?p. 127
Review of Statistical Findings About Bisexual Behavior, Feelings, and Identitiesp. 129
Behavior Patterns and Sexual Identity of Bisexual Malesp. 185
On the Diversity of Love Object Orientations Among Womenp. 203
From Lesbian Strippers and Prison Punks to Bisexual Subjects: The History of a Research Literaturep. 217
Looking at the Past Through Bi-Colored Glassesp. 219
Academic Literature on Situational Homosexuality in the 1960s and 1970sp. 221
Homosexuality in Prisonp. 250
Lesbian Behavior as an Adaptation to the Occupation of Strippingp. 267
Bisexuality by Another Namep. 277
Heterosexual Gays, Heterosexual Lesbians, and Homosexual Straightsp. 279
Bisexual and Gay Men in Heterosexual Marriage: Conflicts and Resolutions in Therapyp. 307
The Commencement of Bisexual Activity in Swinging Married Women Over Age Thirtyp. 316
A Topic in Its Own Rightp. 333
Pioneers in Contemporary Research on Bisexualityp. 335
Bisexuality: Some Social Psychological Issuesp. 339
Attention for All the Wrong, and All the Right, Reasonsp. 353
Bisexuality in HIV Researchp. 355
Coming Out and Coming of Agep. 401
The Biology, Psychology, Sociology, and Sexuality of Bisexualityp. 403
Neutralizing the Political Threat of the Marginal Woman: Lesbians' Beliefs About Bisexual Womenp. 471
Effects of Sexual Orientation on Interpersonal Judgmentp. 498
"Coming Out" in the Age of Social Constructionism: Sexual Identity Formation Among Lesbian and Bisexual Womenp. 512
From Bisexual Chic to Bisexual Activismp. 535
Popular Images and the Growth of Bisexual Community and Visibilityp. 537
Bisexual Chic: Anyone Goesp. 554
A Perilous Double Love Lifep. 556
Bisexuality Emerges as a New Sexual Identityp. 560
Bibliographyp. 567
Name Indexp. 627
Subject Indexp. 639
Copyright Acknowledgmentsp. 657
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ISBN: 9780231102278
ISBN-10: 0231102275
Series: Between Men--Between Women
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 682
Published: 25th October 2000
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.78  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.18