Queering Queer Theory, or Why Bisexuality Matters

  title={Queering Queer Theory, or Why Bisexuality Matters},
  author={Laura Erickson-Schroth and Jennifer Mitchell},
  journal={Journal of Bisexuality},
  pages={297 - 315}
Bisexuality is an often invisible identity. Heterosexual and homosexual communities contribute to bisexual erasure, acting in concert to protect a binary system that is complicated and disrupted by the possibility and presence of bisexuality. This article approaches bisexual erasure from three different perspectives: historical context, contemporary media and literary representations. Contemporary cultural norms and “pop science” demonstrate the acceptance of two types of partner choice… Expand
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