The Chicago series on sexuality, history, and society.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-276) and index.
Introducing bisexuality -- Science and the invention of (bi)sexuality -- "The unsolved figure in the carpet" -- The pink threat -- The repressed returns -- Sexuality and subjection -- The queer intervention -- Beyond sexuality.
Why is bisexuality the object of skepticism? Why do sexologists steer clear of it in their research? Why has bisexuality, in stark contrast to homosexuality, only recently emerged as a nascent political and cultural identity? Bisexuality has been regarded as mostly irrelevant to the history, theory, and politics of sexuality. Angelides explores the reasons why, and invites us to rethink our preconceptions about sexual identity. Retracing the evolution of sexology, and revisiting modern epistemological categories of sexuality in psychoanalysis, gay liberation, social constructionism, queer theory, biology, and human genetics, Angelides argues that bisexuality has historically functioned as the structural other to sexual identity itself, undermining assumptions about both heterosexuality and homosexuality.--From publisher description.