Vice Versa: Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life

Title:      Vice Versa: Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life
Categories:      LGBT Issues
ResourceID:      0684803089
Authors:      Marjorie Garber
ISBN-10(13):      0684803089
Publisher:      Simon & Schuster
Publication date:      1995-06-08
Edition:      First Edition
Number of pages:      608
Language:      Not specified
Price:      USD 2.79
Rating:      0 
Picture:      cover

Product Description
Challenging conventional beliefs, a study of bisexuality as an erotic, social, and cultural phenomenon ranges through high culture and low to explore such topics as sexual threesomes, a possible bisexual gene, and the compatibility of bisexuality with marriage. 35,000 first printing. Tour. Review
Despite the flood of sexuality theory and queer cultural studies in 20th-century academia, bisexuality--and the many questions and problems surrounding it--has been little considered. In Vice Versa, Marjorie Garber, director of the Center for Literary and Cultural Studies at Harvard University, takes on this enormous project with refreshing academic rigor and compelling enthusiasm. Covering cultural influences from antiquity through early psychoanalysis to such recent provocateurs as Geraldo Rivera and Susie Bright, Garber calls into question the basic underpinnings of even the most radical views of human sexuality. She suggests that bisexuality is "not just another sexual orientation but rather a sexuality that undoes sexual orientation as a category," and leads us through the ensuing ruckus with wit and grace.

Vice Versa offers personal accounts, clinical studies, and analysis from every possible camp to demonstrate Garber's thesis that bisexuality as an idea and an experience "disappears" or is erased from our discussions of sexuality at every turn through the normalizing (not to mention limiting) influence of the terms of the discussion itself. Her call to recognize bisexuality as not only valid but deeply transgressive--and therefore useful--in our culture is urgent and marked by a great affection for her subjects, from Freud to Madonna. "One of the key purposes of studying bisexuality is not to get people to 'admit' they 'are' bisexual," she says, "but rather to restore to them and the people they have loved the full, complex, and often contradictory stories of their lives." --Jessica Peterson

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