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Intimacy negotiated: the management of relationships and the construction of personal communities in the lives of bisexual women and men

Toft, Alex; Yip, Andrew Kam-Tuck

Authors

Alex Toft ab7240@coventry.ac.uk

ANDREW YIP ANDREW.YIP@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Sociology



Abstract

Bringing into dialogue conceptual literature on bisexuality, intimacy, and personal community, this article illuminates the lived experiences of 80 bisexual women and men in the UK. The data were collected through questionnaire and individual interview. The article discusses two empirical themes, beginning with the participants’ narratives on their engagement with the dominant sexual and gender order – which hegemonizes ‘monosexuality’ and ‘compulsory monogamy’ – in their negotiation of relational intimacy. This is followed by an exploration of the features and functions of their personal communities, especially the significance of friendships. The article argues that, despite the ambivalence and misperception surrounding bisexuality, the participants enacted creative agency in negotiating intimacy and social support in their everyday lives.

Citation

Toft, A., & Yip, A. K. (2018). Intimacy negotiated: the management of relationships and the construction of personal communities in the lives of bisexual women and men. Sexualities, 21(1-2), https://doi.org/10.1177/1363460716679793

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 25, 2016
Online Publication Date Mar 17, 2017
Publication Date Feb 1, 2018
Deposit Date Mar 24, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 24, 2017
Journal Sexualities
Print ISSN 1363-4607
Electronic ISSN 1461-7382
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 1-2
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1363460716679793
Keywords Bisexual, Christian, Intimacy, Personal community, Relationship
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/41493
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1363460716679793
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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