Sensitive sexualities: dichotomized discourse in the erasure of bisexuality

S Souto Pereiera, Susan Becker, Glynis Gardiner

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Abstract

A combination of
Q methodology and a Think Aloud
task explored how cultural knowledge
about bisexuality is constructed and maintained. Q methodology revealed
positive
interpretations of bisexuality. Critical Discourse Analysis of the Think Aloud task however,
exposed the maintenance of dualistic categories of sex, gender and sexuality acting as
‘operating systems’ and strategically guiding the social representation of bisexuality as ‘non-
existent’, ‘deviant’, ‘abnormal’ and/or ‘promiscuous’. The findings of this study suggest that
overt
heterosexism is not
becoming extinct; instead it has found rather subtle ways of
incorporating itself into ‘liberal’ discourses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPsychology and Sexuality
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2016

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