Does Bisexuality ‘Undo’ Gender? Gender, Sexuality, and Bisexual Behavior Among BDSM Participants

  title={Does Bisexuality ‘Undo’ Gender? Gender, Sexuality, and Bisexual Behavior Among BDSM Participants},
  author={Brandy L. Simula},
  journal={Journal of Bisexuality},
  pages={484 - 506}
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