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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation$
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Charlotte J. Patterson and Anthony R. D'Augelli

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765218

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.001.0001

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Bisexual Identities

Bisexual Identities

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(p.31) 3 Bisexual Identities
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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation
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Sari H. Dworkin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.003.0003

This chapter reviews research on bisexuality. A multidimensional understanding of bisexuality has emerged, which emphasizes the intersectionality of identities. It also emphasizes the differential salience that different identities may have for bisexual persons at different times of their life and within different communities. There are differences between men and women as to how they experience and manifest bisexual identities. Sexism may foster a pseudoacceptance of bisexuality through pressure for women to participate in performative bisexuality. Men and women base their identities on different characteristics such as sexual behavior for men and relationships for women. Women tend to be more fluid than men in their behavior as well as in their identities. Demographic studies have revealed that women are more likely than men to identify as bisexual.

Keywords:   women, men, bisexuality, sexual orientation, sexual behavior, sexism

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