A History of Bisexuality
Why is bisexuality the object of such skepticism? Why do sexologists steer clear of it in their research? Why has bisexuality, in stark contrast to homosexuality, only recently emerged as a nascent political and cultural identity? Bisexuality has been rendered as mostly irrelevant to the history, theory, and politics of sexuality. With A History of Bisexuality, Steven Angelides explores the reasons why, and invites us to rethink our preconceptions about sexual identity. Retracing the evolution of sexology, and revisiting modern epistemological categories of sexuality in psychoanalysis, gay liberation, social constructionism, queer theory, biology, and human genetics, Angelides argues that bisexuality has historically functioned as the structural other to sexual identity itself, undermining assumptions about heterosexuality and homosexuality.
In a book that will become the center of debate about the nature of sexuality for years to come, A History of Bisexuality compels us to rethink contemporary discourses of sexual theory and politics.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
ality analysis appears argued attempt become behavior Bergler binary biological bisexuality body Butler central century challenge chapter claim complex concept concerned condition constituted construction course crisis critical cultural deconstructive deﬁnition desire Despite difference discourse distinct economy edited effect emergence epistemological evolutionary existence fact female Feminism ﬁrst force Foucault Freud Freudian function Fuss gay liberation gender gender and sexuality hetero hetero/homosexual heterosexual History of Sexuality homo homosexuality human identiﬁcation important individual kind Kinsey lesbian logic male masculine meaning movement nature normative noted notion object opposition original person phallogocentric pleasure political position possible potential practices present problem production psychoanalytic queer theory question Quoted race radical referring relation relationship representations represented role scientiﬁc Sedgwick seen sexual identity shift social society structure suggest theoretical theorists third thought tion truth Western woman women York