Sexual Pathways: Adapting to Dual Sexual Attraction

Sexual Pathways: Adapting to Dual Sexual Attraction

Sexual Pathways: Adapting to Dual Sexual Attraction

Sexual Pathways: Adapting to Dual Sexual Attraction

Synopsis

To promote a better understanding of bisexual orientation, the author presents interviews with 30 men and women. Each describes his or her sexual pathway from birth to adulthood portraying the construction of a life style that incorporates a bisexual perspective. The outcome of the gender and sexual orientation wars is a broader and more tolerant view of human nature.

Excerpt

If we could eavesdrop on the conversations of the world, there is little doubt that weather, food, and sex are the topics mentioned most--the first two usually in a straightforward way, the last seldom so. Human sexuality is often an emotionally charged subject; and reference to some forms of human sexual behavior frequently invites confusion, consternation, or disgust. Bisexuality is one of those topics. Sexual Pathways is an introduction to the subject of bisexuality--a way of thinking, feeling, and acting that many heterosexuals and homosexuals regard as a mystery. It provides an understanding of this form of sexual expression (dual sexual attraction and behavior) for the reader who does not trust the sensational presentations of the media or feel fully informed by the statistics of sex surveys. All aspects of bisexuality are presented at both factual and theoretical levels. To enable the reader to gain an intuitive connection with the subject matter, Sexual Pathways portrays the sexual histories of thirty men and women who volunteered to share their experiences with dual sexual attraction. Some identified themselves as bisexual, others did not. The focus of their stories is how these men and women adapt to the ignorance, bias, and marginal position they encounter so often in society.

Bisexuality is a topic whose time has come. Public discussion of sexual attraction and sexual orientation has often been framed as a contest between heterosexuality and homosexuality, forcing people to categorize themselves in ways they find uncomfortable. Media reports on younger persons indicate that many now define themselves as bisexual. This choice, with all its ambiguity, is no doubt a healthy response to social pressure to define one's sexual interests at too early an age. Many young people live in anguish as they attempt to sort out the facts in what can appear to be an ideological debate. Now, more than ever, it is important to . . .

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