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Sex Roles

, Volume 58, Issue 7–8, pp 595–596 | Cite as

Friends, Lovers, and the Spaces in Between

Bisexual Women: Friendship and Social Organization. Edited by M. Paz Galupo, NY: Harrington Park Press, 2007. 146 pp. $40.00 (hardcover). ISBN-10: 1560237023
  • Dalal Alfares
  • Denise Goerisch
  • Amber Guthrie
  • Esther Rothblum
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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,...

References

  1. Rust, P. (1995). Bisexuality and the challenge to lesbian politics: Sex, loyalty and revolution. New York: New York University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Savin-Williams, R. (2005). The new gay teenager. Boston: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dalal Alfares
    • 1
  • Denise Goerisch
    • 1
  • Amber Guthrie
    • 1
  • Esther Rothblum
    • 1
  1. 1.San Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA

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