Compulsory Bisexuality?: The Challenges of Modern Sexual Fluidity

@article{Fahs2009CompulsoryBT,
  title={Compulsory Bisexuality?: The Challenges of Modern Sexual Fluidity},
  author={Breanne Fahs},
  journal={Journal of Bisexuality},
  year={2009},
  volume={9},
  pages={431 - 449}
}
  • Breanne Fahs
  • Published 13 November 2009
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Bisexuality
Although Adrienne Rich once posited that “compulsory heterosexuality” required women to identify as heterosexual to comply with implicit social norms, this study examined the possibility of compulsory bisexuality in light of increasing reports of heterosexual-identified women engaging in homoerotic behavior with other women, usually in front of men and in social settings like fraternity parties, bars and clubs. Forty qualitative interviews were conducted with women of diverse backgrounds to… 
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