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Bi: The Hidden Culture, History, and Science of Bisexuality

Bi: The Hidden Culture, History, and Science of Bisexuality

by Julia Shaw
Bi: The Hidden Culture, History, and Science of Bisexuality

Bi: The Hidden Culture, History, and Science of Bisexuality

by Julia Shaw


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A provocative, eye-opening, and original book on the science of sexuality beyond gender from an internationally bestselling pop-psychologist

Despite all the welcome changes that have happened in our culture and laws over the past few decades in regards to sexuality, the subject remains one of the most influential but least understood aspects of our lives. For psychologist and bestselling author Julia Shaw, this is both professional and personal—Shaw studies the science of sexuality and she herself is proudly and vocally bisexual.

It’s an admission, she writes, that usually causes people’s pupils to dilate, their cheeks to flush, and their questions to start flowing. Ask people to name famous bisexual actors, politicians, writers, or scientists, and they draw a blank. Despite statistics that show bisexuality is more common than homosexuality, bisexuality is often invisible.

In BI: The Hidden Culture, History, and Science of Bisexuality, Shaw probes the science and culture of attraction beyond the binary. From the invention of heterosexuality to the history of the Kinsey scale, as well as asylum seekers trying to defend their bisexuality in a court of law, there is so much more to explore than most have ever realized. Drawing on her own original research—and her own experiences—this is a personal and scientific manifesto; it’s an exploration of the complexities of the human sexual experience and a declaration of love and respect for the nonconformists among us.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419744358
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 06/28/2022
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 48,939
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Julia Shaw is a criminal psychologist at University College London, and part of Queer Politics at Princeton University which works for LGBT+ equality, democracy, and civil rights. She is actively involved in bisexual research, and is the founder of the international Bisexual Research Group. Dr. Shaw also has a hit BBC podcast, Bad People, where together with her co-host she uses research to examine some of society’s most pressing issues. She is the author of Evil, which was a bestseller in Canada and Germany, and The Memory Illusion, which was published in 20 languages. She lives in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction: I Want More ix

1 The Bi Option 1

Inventing Bisexuaiity 2

Blunt Questions 6

The Klein Grid 11

Middle Ground 16

2 Our History 20

We're Here, We're Queer! 23

The Obscene Book 27

Sexual Inverts 32

Decapitated Angel 35

The Unwelcomed Visitor 39

3 Nothing But Mammals 44

Born This Way? 45

Gay Giraffes 49

Darwinian Paradox 52

Ramifications 55

Bent Bars 58

Come Play with Me 64

4 The Bisexual Closet 67

Coming Out Into 68

Family Secrets 72

Work It 75

Troubled 81

Biversity 84

Why Us? 89

Freedom 93

5 Invisi-Bi-Lity 96

Do I Look Bi? 98

Our Own Space 104

Sex Perversion 107

Parasocial 110

Sexy but Deadly 116

6 It's Political 120

Where Love Is Illegal 121

Sexuality On Trial 126

Can't Change Me 132

Loophole 136

No Promo Homo 142

Political Powerhouses 150

7 Free Love 155

Cherry Chapstick 157

Everybody Loves Threesomes 160

Compulsory Monogamy 165

Chain Reaction 169

Intimacy Transformation 172

Conclusion: Bidentity 175

Acknowledgments 181

Notes 183

Index 215

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