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Bisexuality and the Challenge to Lesbian Politics: Sex, Loyalty, and Revolution (Cutting Edge)

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The subject of bisexuality continues to divide the lesbian and gay community. At pride marches, in films such as Go Fish, at academic conferences, the role and status of bisexuals is hotly contested.

Within lesbian communities, formed to support lesbians in a patriarchal and heterosexist society, bisexual women are often perceived as a threat or as a political weakness. Bisexual women feel that they are regarded with suspicion and distrust, if not openly scorned. Drawing on her research with over 400 bisexual and lesbian women, surveying the treatment of bisexuality in the lesbian and gay press, and examining the recent growth of a self-consciously political bisexual movement, Paula Rust addresses a range of questions pertaining to the political and social relationships between lesbians and bisexual women.

By tracing the roots of the controversy over bisexuality among lesbians back to the early lesbian feminist debates of the 1970s, Rust argues that those debates created the circumstances in which bisexuality became an inevitable challenge to lesbian politics. She also traces it forward, predicting the future of sexual politics.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 345-356) and indexes.

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Paula C. Rust is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Hamilton College.

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Max the Communist, January 10, 2009 (view all comments by Max the Communist)
This book saved my life. After years of wondering why the hostility of some lesbian-identified women toward bi-identified women, I finally understood it had to do with these still-unresolved issues in lesbian feminism. Paula Rust painstakingly reviews the construction of lesbian identity from the 1970s and places those arguments in the context of the needs of lesbian women to be openly included in the Women's Movement.

An exceedingly valuable text that can help women, across the spectrum of sexuality, to see where we've come from.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780814774458
Author:
Rust, Paula C.
Publisher:
New York University Press
Author:
Smedley, Agnes
Author:
Rust, Paula C.
Author:
Rust, Paula
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Lesbians
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Lesbianism
Subject:
Sexual behavior surveys
Subject:
Bisexuality
Subject:
Sexual behavior surveys -- United States.
Subject:
Bisexual women.
Subject:
Bisexuality -- Political aspects -- United States.
Subject:
HOMOSEXUALITY_PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS
Subject:
HOMOSEXUALITY_POLITICAL ASPECTS
Subject:
Gay and lesbian studies
Subject:
Gay rights
Subject:
Bisexuals
Subject:
Lesbians -- United States -- Identity.
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Subject:
China
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cutting Edge: Lesbian Life & Literature
Series Volume:
no. 404
Publication Date:
19951031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
388
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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