Bisexuality And The Challenge To Lesbian Politics / Edition 1

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Overview

The subject of bisexuality continues to divide the lesbian and gay community. At pride marches, in films such as Go Fish, at academic conferences, the role and status of bisexuals is hotly contested.

Within lesbian communities, formed to support lesbians in a patriarchal and heterosexist society, bisexual women are often perceived as a threat or as a political weakness. Bisexual women feel that they are regarded with suspicion and distrust, if not openly scorned. Drawing on her research with over 400 bisexual and lesbian women, surveying the treatment of bisexuality in the lesbian and gay press, and examining the recent growth of a self-consciously political bisexual movement, Paula Rust addresses a range of questions pertaining to the political and social relationships between lesbians and bisexual women.

By tracing the roots of the controversy over bisexuality among lesbians back to the early lesbian feminist debates of the 1970s, Rust argues that those debates created the circumstances in which bisexuality became an inevitable challenge to lesbian politics. She also traces it forward, predicting the future of sexual politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814774458
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Series: Cutting Edge: Lesbian Life and Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 0.86 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula C. Rust is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Hamilton College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Debate in the Lesbian Press: Introducing the Issues 7
2 "Experts'" Voices: Lesbianism, Bisexuality, and the Social Sciences 25
3 Behind the Scenes: How the Study Was Done and Who Participated in It 36
4 Lesbians' Voices: What Do Lesbians Think about Bisexuality and Its Role in Sexual Politics? 46
5 Who Believes What? The Impact of Lesbians' Personal Politics and Experiences on Their Attitudes toward Bisexuality 102
6 The Pink and Blue Herring: The Issue Is Lesbianism, Not Bisexuality 123
7 Bisexual Women's Voices: What Do Bisexual Women Think about Bisexuality and the Role of Bisexuals in Sexual Politics? 201
8 Another Revolution on the Political Wheel: The Politicization of Bisexuality 230
Appendix A: Figures 261
Appendix B: Tables 309
Notes 321
Bibliography 345
Subject Index 357
Author Index 365
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