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Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out

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In this groundbreaking anthology, more than seventy women and men from all walks of life describe their lives as bisexuals in prose, poetry, art, and essays
Paperback, 379 pages
Published July 1st 1994 by Alyson Books (first published 1991)
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Victoria
Oct 02, 2015 Victoria rated it it was ok

The Bi Bible you say?



I believe that to consider a book as "bible" it needs to contain useful information and also be atemporal.
This book is an anthology of bisexuals who mostly grew up during the 70's/80's so it's filled with people being oppressed and dying. It's awful.
I mean, it's great to know there are others bisexuals out there but it's not a very empowering book.
Vampirerichard
Apr 20, 2012 Vampirerichard rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Feminists, Bisexual woman
Shelves: bisexuality
I loved the idea of a book like this, but the editors got it so wrong in the introduction. For me bisexuality is about equality, male, female, doesn't matter, all the same. But when debating on whether or not to include males in the book these Feminists wrote: Yes but their view on Bisexuality hasn't caught up yet and some other things along those lines. What the hell is that supposed toe mean! So woman are better bisexuals? Screw you!

As a result I was about to throw the book out (figuratively
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Jennie
Bi Any Other Name is an excellent and comprehensive read for anyone who identifies as bisexual and/or is interested in activism. This collection of experiences covers a wide range of topics and types of people. I found it to be encouraging and enlightening, although I really wish bisexual writers (pornographers/educators/activists/etc) could restrain themselves from punning the word bi.
Rory
Feb 01, 2007 Rory rated it it was amazing
Perspectives on bisexuality from a variety of writers, ranging from college-aged women to married men involved in the AIDS epidemic. Talented writers that make one proud to be part of bisexuality, and help those of other sexual preference to understand what it is to be bisexual. Like any sexuality, the stories are different, the people want different things. An important read for anyone interested in human sexuality, dealing with the issues of being bisexual, or supporting someone who is.
HeavyReader
Dec 28, 2008 HeavyReader rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: bisexuals looking others like themselves
Shelves: queer
This is one of the first books on bisexuality that I ever read. I think it was one of the first books on bisexuality ever published. It consists of the true, personal stories of people who identify as bisexual. Reading about how other people realized they were bisexual, how they came out, and what their bisexual identify meant to them was really helpful to me when I was trying to figure out my own sexual identity.
Real Supergirl
This book was pretty important when I was first coming out as bisexual. It's a good book to help get a sense of the variety and ways people can come to identify as bisexual, which helps you find your place for your own identity.
Karen
Apr 07, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it
I read this a bit longer ago, actually, but went out and bought it last year. Some of the stories are tough to read, but I really liked a couple of them - it made me feel less alone.
Kathleen O'Neal
Jan 23, 2015 Kathleen O'Neal rated it it was amazing
This anthology of the work of bisexual writers is one of the first books I read after coming out as bisexual. It was very validating for me to find a book about bisexual people with so many positive things to say after enduring the negation of my identity from a number of people. I would like to see contemporary bisexual people update the important and groundbreaking work done in this book by writing in an anthology on bisexual issues that speaks to the current state of bisexual people's lives a ...more
Ron Suresha
Dec 04, 2014 Ron Suresha rated it it was amazing
The Bible of contemporary Bi life.
Will
Jul 12, 2012 Will rated it it was amazing
Helped me come out as a Bi-Man.
Aletheia
Aug 09, 2013 Aletheia rated it liked it
Shelves: life, sexuality
This book was MASSIVELY long and took a lot of patience to read, but it does add a variety of dimensions to your life, if you let it. One can't help feel more open-minded after reading this book and the range of perspectives it holds. Definitely helped me become more accepting of my bisexuality.
Krista McCracken
May 14, 2013 Krista McCracken rated it liked it
Interesting anthology of perspectives on bisexuality. Some of the reference points are fairly dated and the tendency to associate bisexuality/lesbianism with a feminist world view was a bit overwhelming at times.
Heron
Aug 15, 2009 Heron rated it really liked it
Quite a great book. Solid introduction into the diversity of bisexuality and bisexual experience and identification.
Shanamadele
Jun 01, 2007 Shanamadele rated it really liked it
Foundational book about what it means to be bisexual.
Megan
Feb 06, 2011 Megan rated it it was amazing
A great book! Very inspirational and healing.
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