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Dual Attraction : Understanding Bisexuality - Martin S. Weinberg

Dual Attraction

Understanding Bisexuality

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Published: 1st January 1996
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For the past two generations, extensive research has been conducted on the determinants of homosexuality. But, until now, scant attention has been paid to what is perhaps the most mysterious--and potentially illuminating--variation of human sexual expression, bisexuality. Today, as ignorance and fear of AIDS makes greater awareness of all forms of sexual behavior an urgent matter of private and public consequence, leading sex researchers Martin Weinberg, Colin Williams, and Douglas Pryor provide us with the first major study of bisexuality.
Weinberg, Williams, and Pryor explore the riddle of dual attraction in their study of 800 residents of San Francisco. Fieldwork, intensive interviews, and surveys provided a wealth of data about the nature of bisexual attraction, the steps that lead people to become bisexual, and how sexual preference can change over time. They found that heterosexuals, more often than homosexuals, become bisexual; that bisexual men and women differ markedly in their sexual behavior and romantic feelings; that most bisexuals ultimately settle into long-term relationships while continuing sexual activity outside those relationships; and they also explain why transsexuals often become bisexual. Moreover, the authors discovered that as the AIDS crisis unfolded, many bisexual men entered into monogamous relationships with women, and bisexual women into more lesbian relationships.
Recent media accounts attest that a growing number of researchers and writers are narrowing the fundamental cause of sexual preference to a single factor, biology. But if, as this study shows, learning plays a significant part in helping people traverse the boundaries of gender, if past and present intimate relationships influence their changing preferences, and if bisexual activity is inseparable from a social environment which provides distinctive sexual opportunities, then a mosaic of factors far more complex than those previously considered must be entertained in explaining the fuller spectrum of sexual preferences. Dual Attraction is one of the most significant contributions to our understanding of sexuality since the original Kinsey reports and Bell and Weinberg's 1978 international bestseller, Homosexualities. It is must reading for all those interested in the study of sexual behavior--especially now, since the onset of AIDS.

"The writing is sensible and unspecialised. Dual Attraction contributes substantially to the current tendency to assert the credibility of bisexuality."--Gay Times "Surveying authoritatively for the first time a significant variation of human erotic life--bisexuality--Dual Attraction adds a fascinating further chapter to the historic and important research of Alfred Kinsey and Masters and Johnson."--Richard Rhodes, author of Making Love: An Erotic Odyssey "In San Francisco before and after AIDS, homo-, hetero-, and bisexual voices add their own words to a socioethnographic explanation of sexual preference. A treasure trove of primary data from an intrepid urban fieldwork study."--John Money, author of Gay, Straight & In-Between: The Sociology of Erotic Orientation "Examines the interaction of sexual behaviors and social identities as well as the emotional dimensions of sexual preference. Such a focus locates sex in a web of intimate relationships, which permits the uncovering of how people's sexual preferences change." --Feminist Collections

Prefacep. vii
The Riddle of Bisexualityp. 3
Bisexual Livesp. 11
Bisexuals in San Franciscop. 13
Becoming Bisexualp. 26
Bisexual Typesp. 39
The Nature of Dual Attractionp. 49
Transsexual Bisexualsp. 59
Sexual Activitiesp. 66
Significant Othersp. 76
Marriagep. 93
Jealousyp. 107
Being """"Out""""p. 116
Bisexuality, Heterosexuality, and Homosexualityp. 133
Surveying the Sexual Undergroundp. 135
The Development of Sexual Preferencep. 139
Dimensions of Sexual Preferencep. 148
The Instability of Sexual Preferencep. 158
Sexual Profilesp. 166
Intimate Relationshipsp. 176
Managing Identitiesp. 187
After AIDSp. 197
The Emergence of AIDSp. 199
Bisexuals Face AIDSp. 209
Changes in Sexual Preferencep. 218
Change and the Transsexual Bisexualp. 230
Changes in Sexualityp. 239
Changes in Relationshipsp. 258
Adapting to a New Worldp. 273
Conclusions: Understanding Bisexualityp. 285
Notesp. 301
Tables for the 1983 Interview Studyp. 313
Tables for the 1984-85 Mailed Questionnaire Studyp. 361
Tables for the 1988 Follow-Up Studyp. 412
Indexp. 431
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ISBN: 9780195098419
ISBN-10: 0195098412
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st January 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.52  x 2.92
Weight (kg): 0.61