The Changing Dynamics of Bisexual Men's Lives - Social Research Perspectives
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lived experience of openly bisexual men without medicalizing or pathologizing
them. Presenting research from sexology, sociology, and psychology, it features
extensive findings on the sexual, social, romantic, and emotional behaviors of
the 90 men interviewed in the U.S. and U.K. Issues and challenges are examined
in such areas as identity and self-concept, along with the burden of social
erasure and the paradox of stigma from both the gay and straight communities.
However, the research reveals evidence of a recent cultural transition toward
acceptance of bisexual identity and behavior, with younger bisexual men
experiencing better social lives and increased recognition of the legitimacy of
bisexuality. Among the topics covered:
the components of sexuality.
and surveying bisexuality.
a generational cohort effect
of gendered boundaries.
of the one-time rule of homosexuality.
out in the 21st century.
Bringing clarity and focus beyond the gender binary—and
compelling insights into why society and science have trouble shedding that
paradigm—The Changing Dynamics of
Bisexual Men’s Lives will interest sexuality scholars, sexologists, and
social scientists studying the social aspects of sexuality.
Documents an increase in more positive experiences of openly bisexual men
Reveals new evidence of a decrease in biphobia
Discusses a change in bisexual identity
Uses an innovative participant recruitment strategy
Dr. Eric Anderson is Professor of Sport, Masculinities &
Sexualities at the University of Winchester. He has published 14 books, over
50 peer-reviewed articles, and is recognized for research excellence by the
British Academy of Social Sciences. He is a fellow of the International Academy
of Sex Research, and is regularly featured in international television, print
and digital media.
His work shows a decline in cultural homohysteria
leading to a softening of heterosexual masculinities. This permits heterosexual
men to kiss, cuddle and love one another; and promotes inclusive attitudes
toward openly gay athletes and the recognition of bisexuality. His sexuality
work finds positive aspects of non-monogamous relationships and explores
the function and benefits of cheating.
Professor Anderson is also trustee of
the Sport Collision Injury Collective, which is committed to
examining and removing negative outcomes of participation in contact sports. He
also writes about sport psychology, distance running, and the social problems
of organized team sports.
Dr. Mark McCormack is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at
Durham University, and Co-Director of its Centre for Sex, Gender and
Sexualities. His research examines how decreasing homophobia has affected the
gender identities of heterosexual male youth, and how this influences their
attitudes, social practices and use of technology. He is author of The Declining Significance of Homophobia,
published with Oxford University Press in 2012, and he has published on these
topics in journals including Sex Roles,
British Journal of Sociology and Journal of Adolescent Research. He also examines
the changing nature of sexual identities and sexual practices, including kinky
sex and pornography consumption, and has published on these issues in Archives of Sexual Behavior, Sociology and Journal of Bisexuality.