Dual Attraction: Bisexuality in the Age of AIDS

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9780029342855: Dual Attraction: Bisexuality in the Age of AIDS

Weinberg, Williams and Pryor explore the riddle of dual attraction in their study of 800 residents in San Francisco. Fieldwork, intensive interviews and surveys provided data about the nature of bisexual attraction, the steps that lead people to become bisexual and how sexual preference can change over time. They found that heterosexuals, more than homosexuals, become bisexual; that bisexual men and women differ markedly in their sexual behaviour and romantic feelings; that most bisexuals ultimately settle into long-term relationships while continuing sexual activity outside those relationships; and they also explain why transexuals often become bisexual. Moreover, the authors discovered that as the AIDS crisis unfolded, many bisexual men entered into monogamous relationships with women, and bisexual women into more lesbian relationships.

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The writing is sensible and unspecialised. Dual Attraction contributes substantially to the current tendency to assert the credibility of bisexuality. ( Gay Times)

Surveying authoritatively for the first time a significant variation of human erotic life ( bisexuality)

In San Francisco before and after AIDS, homo-, hetero-, and bisexual voices add their own words to a socioethnographic explanation of sexual preference. A treasure trove of primary data from an intrepid urban fieldwork study. ( John Money, author of Gay, Straight & In-Between: The Sociology of Erotic Orientation)

Examines the interaction of sexual behaviors and social identities as well as the emotional dimensions of sexual preference. Such a focus locates sex in a web of intimate relationships, which permits the uncovering of how people's sexual preferences change. ( Feminist Collections)

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Martin S. Weinberg is Professor of Sociology at Indiana University and Senior Research Sociologist at the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research from 1968-1980. He is the author or co-author of ten books, including Sexual Preference: Its Development among Men and Women, Homosexualities: A Study of Diversity Among Men and Women, Male Homosexuals: Their Problems and Adaptations; and Homosexuals and the Military: A Study of Less than Honorable Discharge. Colin J. Williams is Professor of Sociology at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and Research Sociologist at the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research from 1968-1980. He is co-author of Sex and Morality in the U.S.; Male Homosexuals: Their Problems and Adaptations; and Homosexuals and the Military. Douglas W. Pryor is Visiting Lecturer in Sociology at Wake Forest University.

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