Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain

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AUTHOR: Kate Harrad
PUBLISHER: Thorntree Press
LANGUAGE: English
DATE:  September 1st 2016
PAGES: 352
ISBN:
0996460160
AWARDS: The Bookbag Non-fiction Book of the Month (Sept 2016)

DONATED BY: Liberty Hardy

Thanks to friend of the library Liberty Hardy for donating an ARC copy of Purple Prose to the Bi Pan Library collection.

Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain

by Kate Harrad

Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain is the first of its kind: a book written for and by bisexuals in the UK. This accessible collection of interviews, essays, poems and commentary explores topics such as definitions of bisexuality, intersections of bisexuality with other identities, stereotypes and biphobia, being bisexual at work, teenage bisexuality and bisexuality through the years, the media’s approach to bisexual celebrities, and fictional bisexual characters.

Filled with raw, honest, first-person accounts as well as comments from leading bisexual activists in the UK, this is the book you’ll buy for your friend who’s just come out to you as bi-curious, or for your parents who think your bisexuality is weird or a phase, or for yourself, because you know you’re bi but you don’t know where to go or what to do about it.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: The Basics
  • Chapter 2: Coming Out (and Staying In)
  • Chapter 3: Greedy, Confused, and Invisible: Bi Myths and Legends
  • Chapter 4: The Gender Agenda
  • Chapter 5: Bisexuality and Non-Monogamy
  • Chapter 6: Dating
  • Chapter 7: Bisexual and Disabled
  • Chapter 8: Bisexual Black and Minority Ethnic People
  • Chapter 9: Lesser-Spotted Attractions
  • Chapter 10: Bisexuals and Faith
  • Chapter 11: Bisexuals Through the Years: Life Experiences
  • Chapter 12: Bi in the Workplace
  • Chapter 13: Fictional Bisexuality: Reviews and Reflections
  • Chapter 14: Allies in the Bisexual Community
  • Chapter 15: Let’s Do Something About This: Getting Started in Bisexual Activism
  • Acknowledgements
  • Glossary
  • Further Reading
  • Notes
  • The Editors
  • Index
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AUTHOR: Julias Fast and Hall Wells, PhD
PUBLISHER: Pocket Books
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 1975
PAGES: 255
ISBN:
671801732

Bisexual Living

by Julias Fast and Hall Wells, PhD

These in-depth interviews with uninhibited swingers and lonely divorcees, with liberated heterosexuals and outspoken homosexuals expose the bisexual life-style and what its practitioners get out of it.

Is it abnormal… immoral? Is it increasing? Does it threaten marriage and family life, or enhance it? Does it promote promiscuity? Does it lead to homosexuality?

The best-selling author of Body Language and a noted clinical psychologist have produced an important and startlingly candid study of the way some Americans live.

Including an interview with Dr. Wardell B. Pomeroy, coauthor of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.

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AUTHOR: Angela Bowie
PUBLISHER: Pocket Essentials
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2002
PAGES: 96
ISBN:
1903047919

Bisexuality: Pocket Essentials

by Angela Bowie

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 Laughto
    • 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
  • Notes
  • Websites
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book cover Bi America: Myths, Truths, and Struggles of an Invisible Community, book about bisexuality in america

AUTHOR: William E. Burleson
PUBLISHER: Harrington Park Press (The Haworth Press)
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2005
PAGES: 270
ISBN:
1560234784

Bi America: Myths, Truths, and Struggles of an Invisible Community

by William E. Burleson

There are at least five million bisexual people in America, generally invisible to straight society, the gay community, and even to each other. While the vast majority of these five million live within the straight or gay world, there are a few who have formed a community of their own. Bi America: Myths, Truths, and Struggles of an Invisible Community offers an inside look at the American bisexual community and gives an understanding of the special circumstances unique to being bisexual. The book takes the reader to bi community events from picnics, to conferences, to support groups, to performances in order to expose the everyday trials of the bisexual community.

Bi America includes very personal stories that let the voice of everyday bisexuals be heard through interviews, the “Bisexual History Project,” in which ten bisexual people tell their life stories, and the “Online Support Group,” a group of about 75 people who meet in cyberspace to talk about their lives and challenges. The book also includes the findings of a 2002 survey of about 300 bisexual people conducted via the Internet, an appendix that offers a concise list of resources for further study and personal enrichment, and an unabridged transcript of the “Bisexual History Project.”

Bi America is a fascinating resource that exposes the challenges, struggles, and triumphs of bisexuals in America. Bisexuals, especially those newly coming out, can use this book to help understand their identity, and family members and friends seeking some insight into the unique circumstances faced by their loved ones will also find it helpful. This book will interest those concerned with the sociology of deviance or with subcultures in general. It is also appropriate for undergraduate sociology and cultural anthropology, as well as feminist studies and LGBT studies classes. This book offers one of the few accessible, nonacademic looks at this unique and interesting community.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Foreward
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
    • My Own Story
    • Sources
    • Who and What This Book Is About
  • Chapter 1: BECAUSE
    • Welcome to BECAUSE
    • The Workshop
    • Chapter 2: Relating Bisexuality to the World
    • “Bring Out the Bisexuals”: The Jerry Springer Show
    • The Invisible Bisexual
    • The Relationship Between the Bi and lesbian and Gay Communities
  • Chapter 3: Bisexuality Defined
    • “Something Men Just Do”
    • Sex, History, and Culture
    • Models of Sexual Orientation
    • Perspectives on Bisexuality
    • Bisexuality as an Orientation
    • Bisexuality as an Identity
  • Chapter 4: In Search of a Bisexual Community
    • The Picnic
    • Who Are They?
    • Is There a Bi Community
    • Meet the Bi Community
    • Back to the Picnic
  • Chapter 5: Women’s and Men’s Experiences: Penthouse Bisexuals and Support Group Men
    • Kiss the Girls
    • Bisexual Women
    • Bisexual Men
  • Chapter 6: The Transgender Community
    • Bi Cities!
    • What is “Transgender”?
    • Transgender History
    • Bisexual and Transgender
  • Chapter 7: What Is the Relationship Between Nonmonogamy and Bisexuality?
    • The Wog
    • Bisexuality, Monogamy, and American Society
    • Styles of Nonmonogamy
    • Last Thoughts About Monogamy
  • Chapter 8: Bisexuality in the Time of AIDS
    • Safer Sex Sluts
    • HIV/AIDS 101
    • HIV Risk and Bisexual Women
    • HIV Risk and Bisexual Men
    • AIDS and the Bisexual Community
  • Chapter 9: The History of the Bisexual Community
    • Boston, June 2002
    • The Seeds of Bi Activism i the 1960s and 1970s
    • The 1980s and the Second Wave of Activism
    • The 1990s and Conference Culture
    • Where Does That Leave the Bi Community Today?
  • Chapter 10: The Future of the Bi Community: GLBT Identity versus Cyberspace
    • The College Workshop
    • Into the Future
    • Bisexual Inclusion
    • Here Comes the Internet
    • Do We Want to Have a Community?
    • What is the Future of the Bisexual Community
  • Chapter 11: BECAUSE Reprise
    • Back to the Workshop
    • Sunday Morning Breakfast
  • Appendix A. The Survey
  • Appendix B. The Bisexual History Project
  • Appendix C. Resources and Further Reading
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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AUTHOR: Jennifer Baumgardner
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2007
PAGES: 244
ISBN:
0374190040

Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics

by Jennifer Baumgardner

For the acclaimed author and activist Jennifer Baumgardner, bisexuality has always been more than the “sexual non-preference of the ’90s.” In Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics, Baumgardner takes a close look at the growing visibility of gay and bisexual characters, performers, and issues on the national cultural stage. Despite the prevalence of bisexuality among Generation X and Y women, she finds that it continues to be marginalized by both gay and straight cultures, and dismissed either as a phase or a cop-out. With intimacy and humor, Baumgardner discusses her own experience as a bisexual, and the struggle she’s undergone to reconcile the privilege she’s garnered as a woman who is perceived as straight and the empowerment and satisfaction she’s derived from her relationships with women.

Part memoir, part pop-culture study, Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics connects the prominent dots of a bisexual community (Alix Kates Shulman, Ani DiFranco, Rebecca Walker, and, of course, Anne Heche) that Baumgardner argues have bridged feminist aims with those of the gay rights movement. “Look Both Ways “is a compelling and current study in bisexual lives lived secretly and openly, and an exploration of the lessons learned by writers, artists, and activists who have refused the either/or paradigm defended by both gay and straight communities. 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1. First Look
  • 2. What Is Bisexuality?
  • 3. The Woman-Identified Woman: Bisexuality and the Second Wave
  • 4. Bisexuality Now: The Ani Phenomenon
  • 5. Gay Expectations
  • 6. But Is It Sex?
  • 7. Men: Can’t Live With Them…
  • 8. Sexual Tension: Bisexual Women and Lesbians
  • 9. On Being Entitled: Bisexual Politics
  • Notes
  • Index
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Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World (Second Edition)

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EDITORS: Robyn Ochs and Sarah E. Rowley
PUBLISHER: Bisexual Resource Center
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2009
PAGES: 273
ISBN:
0965388153

Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World

Second edition

edited by Robyn Ochs and Sarah E. Rowley

Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World is the broadest single collection of bisexual literature available today, collecting 220 essays from around the world that explore bisexual identity. Topics include coming out, relationships, politics, community, and more. The book also addresses the intersection of bisexuality with race, class, ethnicity, gender identity, disability and national identity. Authors from 42 countries discuss bisexuality from personal perspectives and their own cultural contexts providing insight into societal views on bisexuality from countries ranging from Colombia to China. 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter I: What is Bisexuality?
    • Shen Rui, Mayra Santos-Febres, Alicia Vallejo Lorenzo, Kazumi Matsunaga, Bijan Etemad-Gilbertson, Miguel Obradors Campos, Sara Poncet, Carlos Ivan Suarez Garcia, Jessica
  • Chapter 2: Coming Out as Bisexual
    • Amber Terrell, Denise Penn, Medina Johns, Simone Pantaleo, Erika Smallen, Sister Jannah, Sung Yun Lee, David Ertischek, Andrea Toselli, Talia Erinna, Diana Milillo, Cheryl B., Saraswati Bryer-Bass, Little Squirrel, Javed, Rajiv Dua, Magdalen Hsu-Li, Salome Sandoval, Georgina Antillon, Adena Galinsky, Robyn Walters, Russ Stein, Laura Perhonen, Julie Hartman, Marcella Bucknam, Jennifer Williams, Olamide Makinde, Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
  • Chapter 3: Why Bi?
    • Carol Queen, Stephanie Baird, DarraghDoherty, Colleen D. McCarthy, Antonio Ferrera, Greta Christina, Gina Wertz, Adia, Alex Li-Hua Lee, Sparrow, Andrea Zanin, Cheryl Dobinson, Bradley Dettmer, Skott Freedman, Eric, Lauris Ledi, Brian Dodge, Toni, Sofie Verhalle, Jo Gerrard
  • Chapter 4: Life stories
    • Cisem Kundupoglu, Kim, Flemming Griesen, Lionel Ganbill, Carmen L., Oquendo Villar, Emile Mintiens, Jan Steckel, Veronica Speedwell, Ann Tweedy, Ken Were, Julieann, Nana Kwame, Trevor, Melinda Brown, Salvador Cruz, Danny R., Zhang Jing, Kiran Mehdee, Raymond Scott, Ron Owen, Robyn Ochs, Yasmin Greenhalgh
  • Chapter 5: Crossing Lines
    • Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Beverly Yuen Thompson, Richard Juang, Cheryl stobie, Patricia Kevena Fili, Maya Ganesh, Phillip A. Bernhardt-House, Rachana Umashankar, Toby Hill-Meyer, Deep Purkayastha, Paramita Banerjee, Bhavana Chawla, Kyla Bender-Baird, Mia Anderson, Bobbie Petford, Victor J. Raymond, Mary Heath, Jamie Phillips
  • Chapter 6: Relationships
    • Peggy Seeger, C. S. Gilbert, V.R. Panfil, N.K., Adri van den Berg, Tsvetomir Mario Deliyski, Jorge Luis Puentes, Klaus Schweinzer, Nanna M. Mansa, Frank & Mirjam, Koen Brand, Paul Gorry, Gary North, Iona Woodward, Carla Imperial, Gail & Angela, Kathy Hester
  • Chapter 7: The Language of Desire:
    • Huang Lin, Jessica Day, Jane Barnes, Julie Ebin, Priyanka Srinivasha, Mark Angeles, Zane Hannan, Ruby Palma, Kelly Bailey, Musa Ewurakua Sempe II, Gabriela Granados, Rachel Bolden-Kramer, Marta Kucner, Bernadette Muthien, Devaki Menon, Margaret Robinson
  • Chapter 8: Bisexual Community
    • Tom Robinson, Jorge Perez Castineira, Beth Firestein, Estrela, Alex Dall’Asta, Elad Livneh, Christian, B. J. Epstein, Shiri Eisner, Elizabeth M. Hagovsky, Joe Decker,Jacqueline Applebee, Steve Kadar, Alexandra Martins Costa & Paula Valenca, Thomas Leavitt, Ellyn Ruthstrom, Kaelin Bowers, Andrew Milnes, Fabian Doles, Amy Andre, Pete Chvany
  • Chapter 9: Bisexual Politics
    • Unknown, Loraine Hutchins, Jane Barton, Lin Mu, Rifka Reichler, Poppy, Alejandra Sarda, Rukmini, Jen Collins, Bob Alba, Bobbi Keppel, Kuwaza Imara, Astrid Newenhouse, Amanda Udis-Kessler, Margaret Robinson, Sarah E. Rowley, Cathleen Finn, Solver Solversson, Apphia K., Lars Naesbye Christensen, Jonathan Daniel Hoffman, Kamoto Hibino, Lani Ka’ahumanu, Bill Burleson
  • Chapter 10: Bisexual Worlds
    • Jenny Kangasvuo, Venkatesan Chakrapani & L. Ramki Ramakrishnan, Anonymous, Fadzai Maparutza, Anila Mithani, Mubarak Dahir, Bassam Romaya, Dana Shaw, Senspa
  • Articles and Resources:
    • How to Spell the Word Bisexual by Tom Limoncelli
    • If You Think Your Child May Be Bisexual by Robert L. Barton
    • Bisexual Politics for Lesbians and Gay Men by Ramki Ramakrishnan
    • Bisexual Etiquette by Robyn Ochs
    • Biphobia by Robyn Ochs
    • Finding Bisexuality in Fiction by Robyn Ochs
    • Books on Bisexuality by Ronald C. Fox
    • Organizations and Online Resources
  • Index, by country
  • Index, by name
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AUTHOR: Maria San Filippo
PUBLISHER: Indiana University Press
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2013
PAGES: 281
ISBN:
0253008855

The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television

by Maria San Filippo

In The B Word, Maria San Filippo explores the ways bisexual fantasy opens a space for “bi-curious” engagement, creating a fluid range of identifications and pleasures. In films as diverse as Brokeback Mountain, The Wedding Crashers, Persona, Chasing Amy, and Mulholland Drive, San Filippo finds that bisexual tropes reveal the workings of our culture’s logic of desire. Viewing these and other films with an eye for bisexual “missed moments” of malleable subjectivity and eroticism, The B Word transforms understandings of films previously read exclusively as either homosexual or heterosexual. As San Filippo’s analysis of the promotion and popular reception of these films demonstrates, the entertainment industry both exploits and effaces bisexuality in its appeal to diverse audiences.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Acknowledgements
  • Prologue: Chasing Amy and Bisexual (In)visibility
  • Introduction: Binary Trouble and Compulsory Monosexuality
    • 1. Unthinking Monosexuality: Bisexual Representability in Art Cinema
    • 2. Power Play/s: Bisexuality as Privilege and Pathology in Sexploitation Cinema
    • 3. Of Cowboys and Cocksmen: Bisexuality and the Contemporary Hollywood Bromance
    • 4. Bisexuality on the Boob Tube
  • Conclusion: Queer/ing Bisexuality
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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