Dual Attraction: Understanding Bisexuality / Edition 1

Dual Attraction: Understanding Bisexuality / Edition 1

by Martin S. Weinberg, Colin J. Williams, Douglas W. Pryor
     
 

For the past two generations, extensive research has been conducted on the determinants of homosexuality. But, until now, scant attention has been paid to what is perhaps the most mysterious—and potentially illuminating—variation of human sexual expression, bisexuality. Today, as ignorance and fear of AIDS makes greater awareness of all forms of sexual

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Overview

For the past two generations, extensive research has been conducted on the determinants of homosexuality. But, until now, scant attention has been paid to what is perhaps the most mysterious—and potentially illuminating—variation of human sexual expression, bisexuality. Today, as ignorance and fear of AIDS makes greater awareness of all forms of sexual behavior an urgent matter of private and public consequence, leading sex researchers Martin Weinberg, Colin Williams, and Douglas Pryor provide us with the first major study of bisexuality.
Weinberg, Williams, and Pryor explore the riddle of dual attraction in their study of 800 residents of San Francisco. Fieldwork, intensive interviews, and surveys provided a wealth of data about the nature of bisexual attraction, the steps that lead people to become bisexual, and how sexual preference can change over time. They found that heterosexuals, more often than homosexuals, become bisexual; that bisexual men and women differ markedly in their sexual behavior and romantic feelings; that most bisexuals ultimately settle into long-term relationships while continuing sexual activity outside those relationships; and they also explain why transsexuals often become bisexual. Moreover, the authors discovered that as the AIDS crisis unfolded, many bisexual men entered into monogamous relationships with women, and bisexual women into more lesbian relationships.
Recent media accounts attest that a growing number of researchers and writers are narrowing the fundamental cause of sexual preference to a single factor, biology. But if, as this study shows, learning plays a significant part in helping people traverse the boundaries of gender, if past and present intimate relationships influence their changing preferences, and if bisexual activity is inseparable from a social environment which provides distinctive sexual opportunities, then a mosaic of factors far more complex than those previously considered must be entertained in explaining the fuller spectrum of sexual preferences. Dual Attraction is one of the most significant contributions to our understanding of sexuality since the original Kinsey reports and Bell and Weinberg's 1978 international bestseller, Homosexualities. It is must reading for all those interested in the study of sexual behavior—especially now, since the onset of AIDS.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195098419
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.13(h) x 1.11(d)
Lexile:
1220L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1The Riddle of Bisexuality3
2Bisexuals in San Francisco13
3Becoming Bisexual26
4Bisexual Types39
5The Nature of Dual Attraction49
6Transsexual Bisexuals59
7Sexual Activities66
8Significant Others76
9Marriage93
10Jealousy107
11Being "Out"116
12Surveying the Sexual Underground135
13The Development of Sexual Preference139
14Dimensions of Sexual Preference148
15The Instability of Sexual Preference158
16Sexual Profiles166
17Intimate Relationships176
18Managing Identities187
19The Emergence of AIDS199
20Bisexuals Face AIDS209
21Changes in Sexual Preference218
22Change and the Transsexual Bisexual230
23Changes in Sexuality239
24Changes in Relationships258
25Adapting to a New World273
26Conclusions: Understanding Bisexuality285
Notes301
Appendix A313
Appendix B361
Appendix C412
Index431

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