Bisexuality in the United States: A Social Science Reader

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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 ...
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Overview

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 range from pioneering scholarship on bisexuality to a history of "situational homosexuality" and "married gays and lesbians," from examinations of bisexuality in the context of AIDS research to a discussion of "bisexual chic" and biphobia. 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.

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Journal of Sex Research
Rust's work stands as a test to methodological detail and inquiry . . . With an unusual interdisciplinary perspective to the study of bisexuality, a balance between research and sexual politics, and a commitment to addressing the question of intersectionality, Bisexuality in the United States will prove to be an excellent reader for students, teachers, and researchers alike.
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This reference or text for college use presents reprints of theoretical and empirical articles, including examples of each of the major genres of research on bisexuality, arranged chronologically to illustrate the development of research on the subject. Some of the articles (30 in all) are easily understood by the nontechnical reader; others use technical jargon or advanced statistical analysis. Editor Rodri<'i>guez-Rust (SUNY, Geneseo) introduces each of nine sections with an essay discussing the historical and scientific context of various themes. An extensive bibliography covers literature on bisexuality in the US from before 1970 through 1999. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sexualities

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231102261
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/1999
  • Series: Between Men - between Women Series
  • Pages: 682
  • Product dimensions: 7.15 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 1.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Rust is associate professor of sociology at the State University of New York, Geneseo. She is the author of Bisexuality and the Challenge to Lesbian Politics: Sex, Loyalty, and Revolution and numerous journal articles and presentations about bisexuality.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Paving the Way for Research on Bisexuality 1
1 Criticisms of the Scholarly Literature on Sexuality for Its Neglect of Bisexuality 5
2 Bisexuality: Reassessing Our Paradigms of Sexuality 11
3 A Little Bit of Lavender Goes a Long Way: A Critique of Research on Sexual Orientation 24
4 Alternatives to Binary Sexuality: Modeling Bisexuality 33
5 Identity Conflict or Adaptive Flexibility? Bisexuality Reconsidered 55
6 A Critical Examination of the Concept of Gender 61
7 The Periodic Table Model of the Gender Transpositions: Part II. Limerent and Lusty Sexual Attractions and the Nature of Bisexuality 78
8 Beyond Gender: The Basis of Sexual Attraction in Bisexual Men and Women 92
9 From Sexual Identity of Sexual Relationships: A Contextual Shift 99
10 Gender Identity and Sexual Behavior 104
11 Review of Statistical Findings About Bisexual Behavior, Feelings, and Identities 129
12 Behavior Patterns and Sexual Identity of Bisexual Males 185
13 On the Diversity of Love Object Orientations Among Women 203
Pt. 2 From Lesbian Strippers and Prison Punks to Bisexual Subjects: The History of a Research Literature 217
14 Academic Literature on Situational Homosexuality in the 1960s and 1970s 221
15 Homosexuality in Prison 250
16 Lesbian Behavior as an Adaptation to the Occupation of Stripping 267
17 Heterosexual Gays, Heterosexual Lesbians, and Homosexual Straights 279
18 Bisexual and Gay Men in Heterosexual Marriage: Conflicts and Resolutions in Therapy 307
19 The Commencement of Bisexual Activity in Swinging Married Women Over Age Thirty 316
20 Pioneers in Contemporary Research of Bisexuality 335
21 Bisexuality: Some Social Psychological Issues 339
22 Bisexuality in HIV Research 355
23 The Biology, Psychology, Sociology, and Sexuality of Bisexuality 403
24 Neutralizing the Political Threat of the Marginal Woman: Lesbian's Beliefs About Bisexual Women 471
25 Effects of Sexual Orientation on Interpersonal Judgment 498
26 "Coming Out" in the Age of Social Constructionism: Sexual Identity Formation Among Lesbian and Bisexual Women 512
27 Popular Images and the Growth of Bisexual Community and Visibility 537
28 Bisexual Chic: Anyone Goes 554
29 A Perilous Double Love Life 556
30 Bisexuality Emerges as a New Sexual Identity 560
Bibliography 567
Name Index 627
Subject Index 639
Copyright Acknowledgments 657
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