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

AUTHOR: Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi
PUBLISHER: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
DATE: 2019
PAGES: 237

Thanks to an anonymous friend of the library for donating a copy of Life Isn’t Binary to the Bi Pan Library collection.

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

by Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi

Much of society’s thinking operates in a highly rigid and binary manner; something is good or bad, right or wrong, a success or a failure, and so on. Challenging this limited way of thinking, this groundbreaking publication looks athow nonbinary methods of thought can be applied to all aspects of life, offering new and greater ways of understanding ourselves and how we relate to others.

Using bisexual and nonbinary gender experiences as a starting point, this truly original and insightful book encourages reflection on how we view and understand the world we live in and how we all bend, blur, or break society’s binary codes.

  • Forward by CN Lester
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Sexualities
    • 1.1 Invisible bisexuality
    • 1.2 Non-binary sexualities and sexual fluidity
    • Multiple experiences: sexual identity terms
    • 1.3 Sexuality beyond (binary) gender of attraction
    • Multiple experiences: a vast landscape of sexualities
    • 1.4 Beyond other sexual binaries
    • Further Resources
  • Chapter 2: Genders
    • 2.1 The sex/gender binary
    • 2.2 Non-binary genders
    • Multiple experiences: non-binary experiences
    • 2.3 Beyond the cis/trans binary
    • Multiple experiences: not… enough
    • 2.4 Beyond the binary/non-binary binary
    • Further resources
  • Chapter 3: Relationships
    • 3.1 Binaries in our intimate relationships
    • Multiple experiences: diversities of asexual, sexual, aromantic, and romantic ways of relating
    • 3.2 Partners/friends and self/other
    • 3.3 Looking at the foundations of human relationships
    • Mutiple experiences: dancing inside, outside, and all around the edges in relationships
    • 3.4 The possibility of multiple intimacies
    • Intimacy worksheet: types of intimacy, who. meets these needs, current satisfaction, and rank of importance
    • Further resources
  • Chapter 4: Bodies
    • 4.1 Further non-binary identities and experiences
    • 4.2 Fluidity and going beyond binaries over time
    • 4.3 Disability and normal/abnormal, ill/healthy binaries
    • Multiple experiences: many ways of relating to disability
    • 4.4 Bodies that matter and don’t
    • Further resources
  • Chapter 5: Emotions
    • 5.1 The mind/body binary and embodied emotions
    • 5.2 Emotional vs. rational
    • 5.3 Multiple experiences: which emotions are okay and where?
    • Beyond “positive” vs. “negative” feelings
    • 5.4 The mad/sane binary
    • Multiple experiences: mental health labels
    • Further resources
  • Chapter 6: Thinking
    • 6.1 The role of binary thinking in debates and conflict
    • 6.2 The role of binary thinking in suffering
    • 6.3 Alternatives to binary thinking
    • 6.4 How to think non-binary
    • Multiple experiences: practicing thinking non-binary
  • Further resources
  • Index


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