Book Review: Bisexuality: Identities, Politics and Theories by Surya Monro

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Authored by Surya Monro, Bisexuality: Identities, Policies and Theories is definitely a book that is accessible identifies and analyses key areas of the everyday lives of bisexual as well as other non monosexual individuals, exploring concerns of community, relationships and identities through participant interviews. Danni Glover discovers this a good introduction that is theoretical the social research of bisexuality that avoids homogenising bisexual experience under a Western lens as well as shows interesting gaps in current literary works.

Bisexuality: Identities, Politics and Theories. Surya Monro. Palgrave MacMillan. 2015.

Surya Monro is a prolific activist that is bisexual researcher and author, along with her brand new book, Bisexuality: Identities, Politics and Theories, is a theoretical method of the communities, identities, political and social organisations and relationships of bisexual identified individuals, in specific those who work in the united kingdom. Drawing on Monro s previous research work along with her collaborator Diane Richardson (Sexuality, Equality and Diversity), Colombian researcher Camilo Tamayo GГІmez and also the impactful theories of KimberlГ© Crenshaw and the like, Bisexuality is an available social studies book that identifies and analyses key facets of the life of bisexual as well as other non mono intimate people.

Bisexuality is broken into six chapters (plus an introduction) centering on social concept; inter sec tionality; intercourse, relationships, kinship and community; bisexuality, organisations and capitalism; bisexuality and citizenship; and bisexuality, activism, democracy plus the state. Monro s methodology would be to conduct interviews with individuals who recognized as bisexual and collate their experience that is anecdotal with literary works. The book nevertheless provides a solid theoretical framework for future study and brings together statistical foundations to support the anecdotal research throughout though Monro acknowledges that the sizes of her participant samples were problematically limited 25 British and 6 Columbian participants.

Monro observes that the scholastic mar gina lisa tion of bisexuality … has established a significant space in contemporary sexualities literary works (2), however the key findings for this guide will definitely come as no real surprise to bisexual people of the LGBT community. Individuals within the research stage identified an awareness of mar gina l sation as bisexuals, both in basic culture as well as in the community that is LGBT big. Bisexual individuals are not only mar ginalis ed within their communities but additionally erased, specially by solutions geared towards LGBT+ individuals health that is including and workplace addition. specific bisexualities as an example, ‘performative’ bisexuality (where the action gets the look of bisexuality whether or not the person doing it will not recognize as a result) among women had been additionally commodified with a gaze that is capitalist. Transgender politics had been consequently recommended being an inroad that is relevant understanding bisexuality because:

Many people that are bisexual additionally trans or gender diverse, and … considering that the trans sex destabilisation of sex binaries therefore the motion towards other models, such as for example seeing sex as being a range in place of as discrete male/female groups, starts up a place for contemplating non binary models of sex (47 48).

One of many great talents with this book is the fact that it doesn’t homo genise experience that is bisexual a Western lens; the aforementioned engagement with trans politics was beneficial in achieving this heterogeneity. The feeling of Uk bisexuals (predominantly white (7)) is actually differentiated chaturbate big booty from compared to Columbians, whoever recognition as authentically people that are bisexual been newer and whoever operate in bisexual activism has received mainly various objectives (as an example, Colombian bisexual politics have actually intersected with post colonial identity making). The guide additionally deals in an even more restricted method with Indian non binary and bisexual teams such as for instance hijras, watching that Indian bisexualities have actually encompassed not merely behavioural bisexuality, but in addition a ‘psychological dualism’ (67) that has been stigmatised by Uk colonialism. The section on Indian bisexuality strikes me personally to be specially ripe for expansion in educational scholarship; right here, Monro is indebted to your ongoing work of Venkatesan Chakrapani, L. Ramki Ramakrishnan among others.