Bisexual Women in the Twenty-First Century

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Routledge, Nov 19, 2013 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Bisexual Women in the Twenty-First Century reflects the “brave new world” of bisexual women's lives through an eclectic collection of articles that typifies an ongoing feminist process of theory grounded in life experience. The book's broad scope addresses a “world” created in response to lesbian-feminism, homophobia within the mainstream women’s movement, and sexism within the gay rights movement. The book includes Carol Queen's memoirs of the swinging lesbian scene in the 1970s, a critical examination of Alice Walker's novel The Temple of My Familiar, and a look back at the controversy surrounding bisexual inclusion in the Northampton Lesbian and Gay Pride March in Massachusetts in the early 90s. Previous groundbreaking work on bisexuality had to focus on breaking the silence around bisexual invisibility. This collection works from that foundation to explore the complexities and histories of bisexual women's lives.

Bisexual Women in the Twenty-First Century examines:
  • tensions between lesbians and bisexual women
  • the shifting place of bisexual women in society
  • the use of skin color as a charged metaphor
  • the inclusion of bisexuality into queer theory
  • groundbreaking new work on bisexual youth
  • the creative use of the “sacred whore” archetype
Bisexual Women in the Twenty-First Century is an essential source of social and political critique, and a vital resource for anyone interested in the complex dynamics of human sexuality, regardless of sexual orientation.
 

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Contents

Whats in a Name? Bisexual Women Define Their Terms
9
Bisexual Women Reorient Sexuality
23
InternalExternal Subversion of the InsideOutside Dialectic in Alice Walkers The Temple of My Familiar
53
A Critical Analysis of Past Research and Results from a National Survey
73
Queering Bisexuality
95
Are You Bisexual? Are You Human?
107
Performing Liminal States of Sexuality
109
Musing on Pain Love and Others
129
How Do I Get to a BiBar?
173
A New Century
175
A Bisexual Memoir
193
Bisexual Women as Emblematic Sexual Healers and the Problematics of the Embodied Sacred Whore
205
The Relationship Between Womens Sexual Identity and Perceived Wellness
227
BI FlimVideo World
243
BI Books
267
Index
273

Revisiting the Northampton Pride March 19891993
143
Bisexual Women in Heterosexual Relationships
163

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