Friends, Lovers, and the Spaces in Between
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Bisexual Women: Friendship and Social Organization focuses on two topics that have been relatively invisible. There has been very little social science scholarship about bisexual women, even when compared to the sparse literature about lesbians. And there is little knowledge about friendship compared to the enormous literature about sexual relationships. Furthermore, bisexuality is hard to define—many women who are not exclusively heterosexual or lesbian prefer to avoid labels (Rust 1995). There is also a stereotype that bisexual women are focused on sex (the word “sex” in “bisexuality” is part of the reason bisexuals don’t like the term to describe themselves). How then, do bisexual women negotiate friendships and social networks?
This book challenges traditional perceptions of friendship organization and development. It does so by questioning the often misperceived non-sexual nature of same-sex friendships and by examining the significance of identity, specifically sexual identity,...