Bisexuality: Pocket Essentials

Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

Life Isn’t Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between book

book cover Bisexuality: Pocket Essentials

AUTHOR: Angela Bowie
PUBLISHER: Pocket Essentials
DATE: 2002


Publisher’s Description

At the end of the 20th century, popular role models were profiting from the term Bisexual. Madonna, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Anne Heche are a few who used bisexuality as a password to popularity and success. What is Bisexuality? In our cutting edge western society, bisexuality has come to mean patronising, provocative, promiscuous, presumptuous, pretentious, promotional, posturing, permissive, plausible, playful and perfidious. In other words, open to any suggestion. Critics of the bisexual lifestyle parrot two issues: bisexuality does not exist and bisexuality is a neurosis. Bisexuality is the attraction to same or opposite sex partners. It can be periodic or simultaneous.

The introductory essay highlights civilisations where bisexuality flourished. Queen Nzinga of Africa dressed as a warrior in battle, and at court, her male harem of Drag Queens served her. The Ancient Greeks practiced bisexuality: the Hetairi (courtesans) had companions and masters tutored or apprenticed youths. But it was always tolerated – the Conquistadors turned their dogs on the Two-Spirited Incas.

Bisexuality: A Pocket Guide showcase the lives and loves of famous bisexuals like Alexander the Great, Sappho, Casanova, Marquis de Sade, Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf. During the twenties bisexual talent blossomed in Hollywood, Harlem and Paris: Gertrude Stein, Ma Rainey, Greta Garbo, Bessie Smith, Libbie Holman, Countee Cullen, Marlene Dietrich, Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday and Langston Hughes. There is also an examination of Bisexuality in Film, including the bisexual escapades of actors and writers.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
— Eunuchs, Hijras, hermaphrodites and transsexuals
— Native-American Two-Spirited, Cheng Ho, Shobha Nehru
— The Kukukuku of New Guinea
— Rock ‘n Roll relevance and impact
Chapter 2: Historic Figures
— Queen Nzinga of Africa
— Sappho
— Socrates
— Alexander the Great
— Gaius Julius Caesar
— Richard the Lion-Heart
— Michelangelo
— William Shakespeare
— James I
— Philippe I Duc d’Orleans
— Sir Isaac Newton
— Voltaire
— Marie-Antoinette
— Napoleon Bonaparte
— Frederick II
— Casanova
— Marquis de Sade
— Lord Byron
— George Sand
— Peter Ilyich
— Tchaikovsky
— Paul Verlaine
— Oscar Wilde
— Sigmund Freud
— Havelock Ellis
— Andre Gide
— Sidonie Gabrielle
— Colette
— W. Somerset Maugham
— Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas
— Virginia Woolf
— Vita Sackville West
— Eleanor Roosevelt
— Waslaw Nijinsky
— Edna St. Vincent Millay
— Djuna Chappell Barnes
— Anais Nin
— Gertrude Ma Rainey
— Bessie Smith
— Libby Holman
— Josephine Baker
Chapter 3: Film Personalities
— Anita Loos
— Beatrice Lillie
– Gertrude Lawrence
— Charles Laughton
— Marlene Dietrich
— Tallulah Bankhead
— Cary Grant
— Joan Crawford
— Greta Garbo
— Laurence Olivier
— Erroll Flynn
— Danny Kaye
— Tyrone Power
— Gore Vidal
— James Dean
Chapter 4: Films
— Films with Bisexual Heroes or Villains
— Films with Sexual Content
— Gay Themed Filmes
— Sexually Exploitative Films

Library Books Cited in this Work

Vice Versa: Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life
Marjorie Garber

Other Relevant Books Cited

Hijras: Who We Are by Meena Malaji
Sex in History by Reay Tannahill
Sexual Personae by Camille Paglia
Artist and Aristocrat: A Biography of Michaelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, Architecture
The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People
by Amy Irving, Sylvia Wallace and David Wallechinsky
The Secret Sex Lives of Famous People by Amy Irving, Sylvia Wallace and David Wallechinsky

Library Notes

Trade paperback. Yellowed pages, sturdy binding.
Purchased secondhand by the library.