Bisexuality in the United States: A Social Science Readerby Paula C. Rodriguez Rust
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.
A comprehensive discussion of the role of bisexuality in the history of sex research in the United States dating before 1970 through to 1999.
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.
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