1st Edition

Making Space for Bi+ Identities Explorations of Genders, Identities, and Relationships

By Rosie Nelson Copyright 2023
    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    How do bi+ people navigate identity, gender, and relationships in a biphobic society? This book explores this question to show how to better include and incorporate bi+ people in research, policy, and the everyday.

    You can expect this book to explore how bi+ people experience the gender binary, healthcare, sex, flirting, media representation, and research. It soon becomes clear that bi+ people have different needs and experiences than heterosexual, lesbian, and gay people, and so need specific inclusion measures. Further, the research explores bi+ people’s nuanced approaches to understanding gender, sexuality, sex, and flirting.

    This book will be of interest to anyone, whether bi+, a student, a researcher, a policymaker, or a health worker, looking to develop their understanding of bi+ identities and needs. It will also be of relevance to people interested in a broad range of topics, including sexuality, gender, feminism, trans and non binary identities, LGBTQ+ topics, and everyday sociology.

    Introduction: Finding the starting point

    Section One: Living in a Hostile Society

    1. Bi+ Identities in Society

    2. Academic Interpretations of Bi+ Identities

    3. Bi+ Representation in Academic Scholarship

    4. Method to the Madness

    Section Two: Bi+ Identities and Language

    Section Two Introduction

    5. Figuring It Out: Monosexist Internal Narratives

    6. Letting It Fly: Monosexism and Homophobia in Disclosure and Community

    7. Living Your Life: Navigating Monosexism and Homophobia

    Section Two Conclusion: Bi+ People as Sexual Renegades

    Section Three: Gender and Sexuality

    Section Three Introduction

    8. Embodied Sexualities: Seeking Pleasure, Performing Desirability

    9. Following the Script, Doing the Dance: Expectations in Gendered Relationships

    Section Three Conclusion: Bi+ Overburdened Romantic Possibilities

    Section Four: Bi+ Identity, Embodiment, and Gender

    Section Four Introduction

    10. Twisting the Cistem: Cis People and Gender Performance

    11. Smashing the Cistem: Trans and Non Binary People and Gender Performance

    12. Bi+ Identities and Gender Identities

    Section Four Conclusion: Bi+ People as Gender Ambivalent

    Conclusion: Towards a Bi+ Future


    Rosie Nelson (they/them) is a Lecturer in Gender in the School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies at the University of Bristol, England. Their research interests include sexuality, gender, qualitative research methods, and feminism.