Sexual Pathways

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Sexual Pathways introduces the topic of bisexuality—a subject largely misunderstood. Persons who display dual sexual attraction experience some form of erotic fulfillment with both same-sex and opposite-sex partners. They may or may not identify themselves as bisexual, but during significant periods of their life span they act bisexually. Studies of human sexuality world-wide indicate the incidence of bisexuality ranges from high to low prevalence in all literate and many nonliterate societies. To better understand the bisexual perspective, the author presents interviews with 30 men and women. Each describes his or her sexual pathway from birth to adulthood,portraying the construction of a lifestyle that incorporates a bisexual perspective.

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An introduction to the subject of bisexuality, combining eye-opening, first-person stories of real people's lives and attitudes with factual and theoretical material. Discussion opens with the controversy elicited by the term "bisexuality" and its alternative, "dual sexual attraction." Profiles of 30 people who have created their own unique sexual pathways give insight into the way bisexuals think and act in the sexual domain. Their values and beliefs about dual sexual attraction and their self-concepts as sexual beings are explored in depth. Respondents also discuss coping with homophobia and AIDS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275963682
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/1999
  • Pages: 196
  • Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK JK WILLIAMS is a psychotherapist in private practice.

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Table of Contents

1 The Language of Sex 1
2 Lifestyle Adaptations 11
3 Being Sexual 59
4 Responding to AIDS 99
5 Patterns of Bisexuality 121
App. A Respondent Profile Tables 143
App. B The Lifestyle Maps of Three Bisexual Participants 147
App. C History of a Bisexual Group 157
App. D Questionnaire Excerpts 161
App. E Past, Present, and Future: An Interview with Timothy Wolf 169
Selected Bibliography 173
Index 177
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2000

    An astonishing book!

    Williams provides an unparalleled account of the lives of bisexual men and women in the age of AIDS. He probes, in readable prose, into their feelings and thoughts, recording their often astonishing perceptions in their own words.

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