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Social perception of bisexuality

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Title:Social perception of bisexuality
Authors:Flanders, Corey Elizabeth
Date Issued:Dec 2011
Publisher:[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [December 2011]
Abstract:Amidst the gain in public exposure and recognition of variability in people's sexualities, much of the western world still defines another's sexual orientation by who she or he is currently intimate with (Brekhus, 1996). This leads to what Yoshino (2000) defined as bisexual erasure, or the invisibility of the bisexual community. This paper investigates a form of bisexual erasure, Anderson's (2005) one-time rule of homosexuality--the concept that one homosexual experience erases all heterosexual behavior. This study was designed to see whether people would perceive a target who had a heterosexual dating history with a current same-sex interest as bisexual, or if the target would be perceived as being heterosexual or homosexual. The majority of participants categorized the targets as bisexual (76.8% overall), and the male target (who expressed some other-sex interest) was perceived as being significantly more homosexual and less heterosexual than was the female target.
Description:M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2011.
Includes bibliographical references.
Appears in Collections: M.A. - Psychology

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