Bisexuality: Identities, Politics, and Theories by Surya Monro

By Surya Monro

This publication offers an available advent to bisexuality reports, set in the context of latest social idea and study. Drawing on interviews performed within the united kingdom and Colombia, it maps out the territory, supplying a way of knowing sexualities which are neither homosexual, nor lesbian, nor heterosexual.

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It also addresses the ambivalences that some research contributors expressed towards the commodification of bisexuality. Citizenship This chapter adopts, in a critical fashion, concepts from mainstream, feminist, and sexual citizenships and applies them to bisexuality. In so doing it aims to provide insight into some of the issues facing bisexuals, and also to inform the development of citizenship studies, particularly in relation to sexual and intimate citizenships. Citizenship rights are important for bisexual people, given the ways in which bisexuals are marginalised and stigmatised.

In terms of the UK bisexuality research findings, the use of the term ‘queer’ was strongly shaped by class, education, and ethnic origin, with educated British people using it more than others, some of whom demonstrated a lack of affinity with the term: it’s too abstract for me, and I don’t have the cultural baggage of all the people here, I never knew anything about queer theory until it was too late . . it doesn’t mean anything really to me and I can’t identify with it. (Pia) I must be queer as I am not straight, but sometimes queer theory feels heady and quite extreme and I can’t relate to it.

The chapter also explores, by way of contrast, the sectors in which bisexuality and related forms of sexuality are commodified. These include the use of expressly bisexual imagery/action (female–female sex performed for a male consumer) in pornography and sex work, and the use of female-female eroticism within the music industry. The chapter explicates the ways in which the commodification of certain types of bisexuality is highly gendered. This commodification fuels notions of the hypersexualisation of bisexuality and impacts negatively on some groups of bisexuals.

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