By Surya Monro

This publication presents an available creation to bisexuality experiences, set in the context of latest social thought and learn. Drawing on interviews performed within the united kingdom and Colombia, it maps out the territory, supplying a method of realizing sexualities which are neither homosexual, nor lesbian, nor heterosexual.

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As Clare Hemmings argues, the queer theoretical resistance to bisexuality is dual in nature: . . 14) and at the same time Introduction 27 bisexuality is seen to ‘reproduce the oppositional identity categories that queer theorists wanted to challenge’. 14). , 2014), but more research would be needed to explore if this is a wider trend. , 2012). It also affects wider notions of what is possible in terms of sexual orientation, affecting heterosexuals, lesbians, gay men, and others. The causes of discrimination against bisexuals and bisexuality can be seen to stem from the structural erasure; both heterosexuals and homosexuals have an investment in the maintenance of a binary (heterosexual-homosexual) which, because heterosexuality and homosexuality are constructed against each other and do not allow for any middle ground or porosity, actively elides bisexuality and bisexual subjectivities (MacDowall, 2009; see also James, 1996; Hemmings, 2007).

From a materialist perspective, many of their practices fall outside of the remit of organised capitalism, placing these communities in a marginal position as compared to the heterosexual, lesbian, and gay communities. Bisexuality, organisations, and capitalism This chapter examines the lived experiences of bisexuals within workplace organisations, drawing on material from the UK and the USA. Introduction 29 It addresses the issues which bisexuals face concerning ‘outness’, given the high levels of stigma associated with the identity and the complex ways in which bisexuals can manage prejudice.

And this is really, really difficult because the gay community think that bisexual people don’t know what they want and just want to have fun. 26 Bisexuality International aspects of biphobia will be discussed in more depth in some of the subsequent chapters, including Chapters 3 and 7. Understanding biphobia Overall, biphobia can be seen to stem from a combination of pathologising socio-medical discourses as discussed above, and the formation of the rigid, discrete identity categories of ‘lesbian’ and ‘gay man’ which emerged during the 1960s and 1970s in the West.

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