Dual Attraction: Understanding Bisexuality

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For the past two generations, extensive research has been conducted on the determinants of homosexuality. But, until now, scant attention has been paid to what is perhaps the most mysterious—and potentially illuminating—variation of human sexual expression, bisexuality. Today, as ignorance and fear of AIDS makes greater awareness of all forms of sexual behavior an urgent matter of private and public consequence, leading sex researchers Martin Weinberg, Colin Williams, and Douglas Pryor provide us with the first major study of bisexuality.
Weinberg, Williams, and Pryor explore the riddle of dual attraction in their study of 800 residents of San Francisco. Fieldwork, intensive interviews, and surveys provided a wealth of 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 often than homosexuals, become bisexual; that bisexual men and women differ markedly in their sexual behavior and romantic feelings; that most bisexuals ultimately settle into long-term relationships while continuing sexual activity outside those relationships; and they also explain why transsexuals 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.
Recent media accounts attest that a growing number of researchers and writers are narrowing the fundamental cause of sexual preference to a single factor, biology. But if, as this study shows, learning plays a significant part in helping people traverse the boundaries of gender, if past and present intimate relationships influence their changing preferences, and if bisexual activity is inseparable from a social environment which provides distinctive sexual opportunities, then a mosaic of factors far more complex than those previously considered must be entertained in explaining the fuller spectrum of sexual preferences. Dual Attraction is one of the most significant contributions to our understanding of sexuality since the original Kinsey reports and Bell and Weinberg's 1978 international bestseller, Homosexualities. It is must reading for all those interested in the study of sexual behavior—especially now, since the onset of AIDS.

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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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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 1995. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Reprint. 226 x 150 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.For the past two generations, extensive research has been conducted on the determinants of homosexuality. But, until now, scant attention has been paid to what is perhaps the most mysterious-and potentially illuminating-variation of human sexual expression, bisexuality. Today, as ignorance and fear of AIDS makes greater awareness of all forms of sexual behavior an urgent matter of private and public consequence, leading sex researchers Martin Weinberg, Colin Williams, and Douglas Pryor provide us with the first major study of bisexuality. Weinberg, Williams, and Pryor explore the riddle of dual attraction in their study of 800 residents of San Francisco. Fieldwork, intensive interviews, and surveys provided a wealth of 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 often than homosexuals, become bisexual; that bisexual men and women differ markedly in their sexual behavior and romantic feelings; that most bisexuals ultimately settle into long-term relationships while continuing sexual activity outside those relationships; and they also explain why transsexuals 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. Recent media accounts attest that a growing number of researchers and writers are narrowing the fundamental cause of sexual preference to a single factor, biology. But if, as this study shows, learning plays a significant part in helping people traverse the boundaries of gender, if past and present intimate relationships influence their changing preferences, and if bisexual activity is inseparable from a social environment which provides distinctive sexual opportunities, then a mosaic of factors far more complex than those previously considered must be entertained in explaining the fuller spectrum of sexual preferences. Dual Attraction is one of the most significant contributions to our understanding of sexuality since the original Kinsey reports and Bell and Weinberg s 1978 international bestseller, Homosexualities. It is must reading for all those interested in the study of sexual behavior-especially now, since the onset of AIDS. Codice libro della libreria AAV9780195098419

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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, New York, 1994. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. First Edition. Based on an in-depth study of bisexuals in San Francisco conducted by the authors from 1983 to 1988, this enlightening report suggests that sexual preference is much less fixed then is generally assumed. Most of the interviewees established a heterosexual identity first, then "added on" same-sex relationships. Few of the subjects were stereotypically bisexual, i.e., equally attracted to both sexes. On the contrary, many frequently changed their mix of same- and opposite-sex partners. The AIDS epidemic, show the authors, had a decisive impact on formerly monogamous bisexuals, with men moving in a heterosexual direction and women in a homosexual direction in an attempt to protect themselves from the virus. The bisexual respondents felt that homosexuals were just as prejudiced and negative toward them as were heterosexuals. Weinberg and Williams are professors of sociology at Indiana University, Pryor is an associate professor of sociology at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 037313

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