Bisexual Women: Friendship and Social Organization

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Prevailing attitudes toward bisexuality affect every aspect of a bisexual woman's emotional and sexual life. Bisexual Women: Friendship and Social Organization explores the friendship relationships of bisexual women and the ways that bisexuality shapes the friendship experience. This book fills a gap in the literature and research on bisexuality and friendship with the latest qualitative and quantitative studies on this rarely visited topic. Leading experts in the field explain how the friendships of bisexual and...
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Overview

Prevailing attitudes toward bisexuality affect every aspect of a bisexual woman's emotional and sexual life. Bisexual Women: Friendship and Social Organization explores the friendship relationships of bisexual women and the ways that bisexuality shapes the friendship experience. This book fills a gap in the literature and research on bisexuality and friendship with the latest qualitative and quantitative studies on this rarely visited topic. Leading experts in the field explain how the friendships of bisexual and bi-curious women can be affected by sexism, heterosexism, biphobia, and racism, and provide insightful reviews of how bisexual women are portrayed in film and literature. The book presents studies and personal essays to provide a comprehensive understanding of the patterns of various friendship relationships that exist because of-and in spite of-prevalent social attitudes about bisexuality. This extensive look details various aspects of bisexual women's relationships as well as society's biases and preconceived notions. Analysis of research explores the various effects that being bisexual has on the way women approach friendship, as well as how society views both bisexuality and relationships.
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What People Are Saying

Loraine Hutchins
I love having all these articles together in one place where I can refer to them and compare/contrast their findings. Arseneau and Fassinger gave me new ways to evaluate my frustration with current research and how to unlock its potential and re-interpret it as building blocks for the next steps. I love the little lyric piece by Magnet, the playful value of non-labeled spaces praised by Overton, Galupo's incisive assessment of friendship patterns demographically and the meanings they make, Estep's reflections on how multiple loving relationships can be better understood, and each of the writers' contributions to breaking the silence around the significance that women's relationships with each other truly have. SUCH A REFRESHING CHANGE; a book that embraces, probes, welcomes the intersections and harmonies of friendship/ attraction between women. . . . Thank goodness for this book that outlines some ways we can move towards documenting our affections and ties more fully. (Loraine Hutchins, PhD, Co-Editor, Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out and co-founder, BiNet USA: The National Bisexual Network)
Lisa M. Diamond
GROUNDBREAKING. . . . Bisexuals have long been underinvestigated in the field of sexuality studies, and peer relationships have also received little attention in the growing body of research on sexual minorities. . . . Thus, by focusing on bisexual women's friendships, the chapters in this volume provide important new information on a fascinating topic. The chapters take diverse theoretical and conceptual approaches, providing a nuanced view of bisexual women's multifaceted relationships. The broader implications of such friendships for notions of sexual identity, community, and for cultural constructions of heterosexuality also receive their due. This work SIGNIFICANTLY ADVANCES OUR UNDERSTANDING OF BISEXUAL WOMEN'S SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS and has set the stage for a range of fascinating future investigations into this topic. (Lisa M. Diamond, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City)
Jeanne L. Stanley
PROVIDES READERS WITH A THOUGHTFUL UNDERSTANDING of the complexities and unique issues that arise from the intersection of sexual orientation and gender. A welcome perspective that differs from the usual trend of lumping bisexual women into the overarching header of sexual minority women. Research based work alongside personal perspectives and commentary, offer outstanding insight and expands our understanding of friendship and social support systems for bisexual women across various sociocultural factors and other areas of interest. EXTREMELY USEFUL for practitioners, researchers, and anyone interested in the varied experiences of bisexual women and their friends. (Jeanne L. Stanley, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor - University of Pennsylvania & Executive Director of Grad School Coaching™)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560237037
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


About the Contributors     xiii
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction   M. Paz Galupo     1
Research Perspectives on Bisexual Women's Friendships
Young Women's Sexual Experiences Within Same-Sex Friendships: Discovering and Defining Bisexual and Bi-Curious Identity   Elizabeth M. Morgan   Elisabeth Morgan Thompson     7
Sexism, Heterosexism, and Biphobia: The Framing of Bisexual Women's Friendships   M. Paz Galupo     35
Girl Friend or Girlfriend?: Same-Sex Friendship and Bisexual Images as a Context for Flexible Sexual Identity Among Young Women   Elisabeth Morgan Thompson     7
Challenge and Promise: The Study of Bisexual Women's Friendships   Julie R. Arseneau   Ruth E. Fassinger     69
Personal Perspectives on Bisexual Women's Friendships
Fencing on Brokeback: Intersecting Bisexuality and Women's Friendship   Julie Estep     91
Invisible Cords and Ties That Bind: Queering Female Friendship   Shoshana Magnet     103
Playing with Pieces of Paper: The Impact of Non-Labeled Spaces on Relationships   Meaghan A. Overton     107
Relating the Personal Experiences of Bisexual Women to the Friendship Literature   Marcia L. Pearl     115
Invited Commentary
Bisexual Women's Friendship Experiences: Challenging Identities,Challenging Friendships, Challenging Research   Jacqueline S. Weinstock     129
Index     143
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