Dual Attraction: Understanding Bisexuality by Martin S. Weinberg

By Martin S. Weinberg

For the previous generations, huge learn has been carried out at the determinants of homosexuality. yet, before, scant cognizance has been paid to what's might be the main mysterious--and possibly illuminating--variation of human sexual expression, bisexuality. this day, as lack of knowledge and worry of AIDS makes larger information of all types of sexual habit an pressing topic of non-public and public end result, major intercourse researchers Martin Weinberg, Colin Williams, and Douglas Pryor supply us with the 1st significant research of bisexuality. Weinberg, Williams, and Pryor discover the riddle of twin allure of their research of 800 citizens of San Francisco. Fieldwork, in depth interviews, and surveys supplied a wealth of information concerning the nature of bisexual charm, the stairs that lead humans to turn into bisexual, and the way sexual choice can swap over the years. they discovered that heterosexuals, extra usually than homosexuals, turn into bisexual; that bisexual women and men range markedly of their sexual habit and romantic emotions; that almost all bisexuals finally settle into long term relationships whereas carrying on with sexual intercourse open air these relationships; and so they clarify why transsexuals usually develop into bisexual. furthermore, the authors stumbled on that because the AIDS problem spread out, many bisexual males entered into monogamous relationships with girls, and bisexual girls into extra lesbian relationships. fresh media debts attest starting to be variety of researchers and writers are narrowing the basic reason for sexual choice to a unmarried issue, biology. but when, as this examine exhibits, studying performs an important half in assisting humans traverse the bounds of gender, if prior and current intimate relationships impression their altering personal tastes, and if bisexual task is inseparable from a social atmosphere which gives designated sexual possibilities, then a mosaic of things way more advanced than these formerly thought of needs to be entertained in explaining the fuller spectrum of sexual personal tastes. twin allure is likely one of the most vital contributions to our knowing of sexuality because the unique Kinsey experiences and Bell and Weinberg's 1978 overseas bestseller, Homosexualities. it truly is needs to interpreting for all these attracted to the research of sexual behavior--especially now, because the onset of AIDS.

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Dual Attraction: Understanding Bisexuality

For the earlier generations, broad examine has been performed at the determinants of homosexuality. yet, previously, scant consciousness has been paid to what's probably the main mysterious--and in all probability illuminating--variation of human sexual expression, bisexuality. this present day, as lack of awareness and worry of AIDS makes better knowledge of all kinds of sexual habit an pressing subject of personal and public final result, top intercourse researchers Martin Weinberg, Colin Williams, and Douglas Pryor offer us with the 1st significant research of bisexuality.

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M) Having homosexual fantasies and acting those out. . I would not identify as bi if I only had fantasies and they were mild. But since my fantasies were intensely erotic, and I acted them out, these two things led me to believe I was really bisexual. . (M) After my first involved sexual affair with a woman, I also had feelings for a man, and I knew I did not fit the category dyke. I was also dating gay-identified males. So I began looking at gay/lesbian and heterosexual labels as not fitting my situation.

F) For some, continuing uncertainty about their sexual identity was related to their inability to translate their sexual feelings into sexual behaviors. ) Should I try to have a sexual relationship with a woman? . Should I just back off and keep my distance, just try to maintain a friendship? I question whether I am really bisexual because I don't know if I will ever act on my physical attractions for females. (F) I know I have strong sexual feelings towards men, but then I don't know how to get close to or be sexual with a man.

I didn't know what I was. And I ended up feeling really mixed up, unsure, and kind of frightened. (F) I thought I was gay, and yet I was having these intense fantasies and feelings about fucking women. I went through a long period of confusion. (M) Others were confused because they thought strong sexual feelings for, or sexual behavior with, the same sex meant an end to their longstanding heterosexuality. I was afraid of my sexual feelings for men and . . that if I acted on them, that would negate my sexual feelings for women.

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