Notes for A Bisexual Revolution

Paperback - 2013
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"A groundbreaking exploration of bisexual politics by a revolutionary thinker" ( Publishers Weekly ) provides the missing piece of the puzzle for readers who identify as bisexual

Depicted as duplicitous, traitorous, and promiscuous, bisexuality has long been suspected, marginalized, and rejected by both straight and gay communities alike.

Bi takes a long overdue, comprehensive look at bisexual politics, from the issues surrounding biphobia/monosexism, feminism, and transgenderism to the practice of labeling those who identify as bi as either "too bisexual" (promiscuous and incapable of fidelity) or "not bisexual enough" (not actively engaging romantically or sexually with people of at least two different genders). In this forward-thinking and eye-opening book, feminist bisexual and genderqueer activist Shiri Eisner takes readers on a journey through the many aspects of the meanings and politics of bisexuality, specifically highlighting how bisexuality can open up new and exciting ways of challenging social convention.
Informed by feminist, transgender, and queer theory, as well as politics and activism, Bi is a radical manifesto for a group that has been too frequently silenced, erased, and denied -- and a starting point from which to launch a bisexual revolution.
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Seal Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9781580054744
Characteristics: 345 pages : illustration ; 22 cm


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Sep 22, 2018

This text is not homophobic or toxic like wretchedearth suggests. Such a suggestion is biphobic and shows the need for texts like this that centre the bisexual experience. This is a perfect example of what this book talks about: “[B]isexuals often experience verbal violence within ‘LGBT’ communities when speaking out about bisexuality. For example, a recent study examining online discussions about bisexuality in an LGBT environment discovered that 55% of the comments contained some form (or evidence) of biphobia or monosexism, meaning it’s *far likelier* to encounter biphobic comments than to encounter support for bisexual people.” This isn’t to downplay the problem of homophobia, or to claim that bisexual oppression is worse. Just that it *exists* and comes from both the heterosexual community and the LGBTQ+ community. Bi erasure is real. Don’t participate in it. This book is interesting, eye opening, and well researched. It just also dares to centre nonmonosexual identities, which, again, are REAL.

Jun 10, 2018

wretchedearth misses the exact point of this book. monosexism - or the belief that being attracted to one gender - thus centering straight AND gay/lesbians folks - is superior than those attracted to one and more gender/s is so prevalent in straight AND queer spaces. Thus alienating bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, queer, etc. folks in the LGBTQ+ communities

Jun 21, 2015

Monosexism is an incredibly homophobic framework. Would NOT recommend and this is especially harmful to young LGBT persons who may not have a good grasp on theory and history, and so cannot see why this text is so homophobic and toxic. The author also has a terrible grasp on what oppression/privilege frameworks are.


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