Books on Bisexuality
Books on Bisexuality: A Reader's Guide to Non-Fiction Books: 1975 - 2012
Ronald C. Fox, Ph.D.
Copyright © 2012 Ronald C. Fox. All rights reserved
The following list includes a selection of non-fiction books on bisexuality published since the mid 70s that take an affirmative approach to bisexuality and bisexual issues. This list is by no means exhaustive; rather it is a work in progress. There are other books of historical and current interest that will be included in a broader updated reading list. Your suggestions for books in all languages are welcome. The author can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aggleton, P. (Ed.). (1996). Bisexualities & AIDS: International perspectives. London: Taylor & Francis. Collection of essays and reviews of the research literature on bisexual behavior among men in a number of modern cultures, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, France, India, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, & the U. K.
Alexander, J., & Yescavage, K. (Eds.). (2004). Bisexuality and transgenderism: InterSEXions of the others. New York: Harrington Park Press. A ground-breaking collection of essays examining the inter-connectedness of bisexual and transgender issues. Also published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality (Vol. 3, Issue 3/4).
Alexander, J., & Anderlini-D'Onofrio, S. (Eds.). (2009). Bisexuality and queer theory. New York: Harrington Park Press. A collection of essays on contemporary perspectives on bisexuality and queer theory. Also published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality (Vol. 9, Issue 3/4).
Anderlini-D'Onofrio, S. (Ed.). (2003). Women and bisexuality: A global perspective. New York: Harrington Park Press. A collection of essays on bisexual women from an international perspective. Also published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality (Vol. 3, Issue 1).
Anderlini-D'Onofrio, S. (Ed.). (2005). Plural loves: Designs for bi and poly living. New York: Harrington Park Press. A diverse collection of essays on bi and poly relationships. Also published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality (Vol. 4, Issue 3/4).
Angelides, S. (2001). A history of bisexuality. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. A critical review of how bisexuality has been understood in biology, genetics, psychoanalytic thinking, and queer theory in relationship to heterosexuality and homosexuality.
Atkins, D. (Ed.). (2002). Bisexual women in the twenty-first century. New York: Harrington Park Press. A collection of essays and research on bisexual women, identity, sexuality, relationships, and politics. Also published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality (Vol. 2, Issue 2/3).
Baumgardner, J. (2007). Look both ways: Bisexual politics. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux. An broad-ranging examination and analysis of bisexuality, and bi people, relationships, politics, and community.
Beemyn, B., & Steinman, E. (Eds.). (2000). Bisexuality in the lives of men: Facts and fictions. New York: Harrington Park Press. A collection of essays and research on bisexual men, identity, community, HIV, biphobia, and marriage and bisexuality. Also published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality (Vol. 1, Issue 2/3).
Beemyn, B., & Steinman, E. (Eds.). (2002). Bisexual men in culture and society. New York: Harrington Park Press. A collection of post-modern essays on bisexual men and masculinity in the context of literature and the media. Also published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality (Vol. 2, Issue 1).
Bi Academic Intervention (P. Davidson, J. Eadie, C. Hemmings, A. Kaloski, & M. Storr). (Eds.). (1997). The Bisexual Imaginary: Representation, identity, and desire. London: Cassell. Collection of essays on bisexuality in history, literature, film, and cultural studies.
Bisexual Anthology Collective (L. Acharya, N. Chater, D. Falconer, S. Lewis, L. McLannan, & S. Nosov) (Eds.). (1995). Plural desires: Writing bisexual women's realities. Toronto: Sister Vision Press. An anthology of writings by a diverse group of Canadian & U.S. women.
Bode, J. (1976). View from another closet: Exploring bisexuality in women. New York: Hawthorne. One of the first books on bisexuality, based on the author's interviews with bisexual women.
Bryant, W. (1997). Bisexual characters in film: From Anaïs to Zee. New York: Harrington Park Press. Descriptive compilation of films with bisexual characters.
Burleson, B. (2005). Bi America: Myths, truths, and struggles of an invisible community. New York: Haworth Press. A look at contemporary bisexuality in America, focusing on bi experiences, relationships, as well as sources of support for bi people, including bi groups and conferences.
Cantarella, E. (1992). Bisexuality in the ancient world. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. Translated from the Italian. A scholarly examination of bisexuality in ancient classical Greece and Rome.
Deschamps, C. (2002). Le miroir bisexuel: Une socio-anthropologie de l'invisible. [The bisexual mirror: A social anthropology of the invisible]. Paris: Balland. An in-depth look at bisexuality in France today, based on the author's study of a Parisian support group for bisexual women and bisexual men.
Diamond, L. (2008). Sexual fluidity: Understanding women's love and desire. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. An in-depth into women's sexuality and its expression, based on the author's analysis of existing research and her own longitudinal study of women, sexuality, and sexual orientation.
Falk, R. (1975). Women loving: A journey toward becoming an independent woman. New York: Random House. In depth personal account of the author's process of coming to terms with and honoring her bisexuality.
Feldhorst, A. (1996). (Ed.). Bisexualitäten. [Bisexualities]. Berlin: Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe. Collection of essays on bisexual identity, relationships, and communities in Germany.
Firestein, B. A. (Ed.). (1996). Bisexuality: The psychology and politics of an invisible minority. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. A collection of essays that provides the most comprehensive overview and review of bisexuality and psychology to date, with chapters by Ron Fox, Loraine Hutchins, Carol Queen, Maggie Rubenstein, Paula Rust, Robyn Ochs, and others.
Firestein, B. A. (Ed.). (2007). Becoming visible: Counseling bisexuals across the lifespan. New York: Columbia University Press. A collection of essays addressing the issue of affirmative therapy with bisexual clients.
Fox, R. C. (Ed.). (2004). Current research on bisexuality. New York: Harrington Park Press. A collection of research and reviews of the bisexuality literature, with articles on bisexual identity, bisexuality and relationships, bisexuality and ethnicity, and attitudes toward bisexual people, as well as an extended reading list on bisexuality in the social sciences. Also published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality (Vol. 4, Issue 1/2).
Fox, R. C. (Ed.). (2006). Affirmative psychotherapy with bisexual women and bisexual men. New York: Harrington Park Press. Another collection of essays addressing the issue of affirmative therapy with bisexual clients. Also published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality (Vol. 6, Issue 1/2).
Fraser, M. (1999). Identity without selfhood: Simone de Beauvoir and bisexuality. New York: Cambridge University Press. The author examines how feminism, queer theory, and post-modern analysis have viewed Simone de Beauvoir and how the emphasis on deconstruction of Western approaches to sexuality present obstacles to acknowledging and validating bisexuality as a sexual orientation and identity.
Galupo, P. (Ed.). (2006). Bisexual women: Friendship & social organization. New York: Harrington Park Press. A collection of articles about bisexual women's friendships. Also published as a special issues of the Journal of Bisexuality (Vol. 6, Issue 3).
Galupo, P. (Ed.). (2008). Bisexuality and same-sex marriage. New York: Harrington Park Press. A collection of articles and interviews about bisexuality and same-sex marriage. Also published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality (Vol. 7, Issue 3/4).
Garber, M. (1995). Vice versa: Bisexuality & the eroticism of everyday life. New York: Simon & Schuster. If you are interested in an in-depth look at bisexuality in literature, popular culture, or psychoanalysis, this book is for you.
Geissler, S.-A. (1993). Doppelte Lust: Bisexualität heute-- Erfahrungen und Bekenntnisse. [Dual desire: Bisexuality today: Experiences and confessions]. Munich: Wilhelm Heyne. An exploration of bisexuality in Germany, based on author's interviews with bisexual women and bisexual men.
Geller, T. (Ed.). (1990). Bisexuality: A reader & sourcebook. Ojai, CA: Times Change Press. Collection of interviews & articles.
George, S. (1993). Women & bisexuality. London: Scarlet Press. An examination of bisexual identity and relationships, based on the author's survey study of 150 self-identified bisexual women in the United Kingdom.
Gooß, U. (1995). Sexualwissenschaftliche Konzepte der Bisexualität von Männern. [The concept of bisexuality in scientific discourse about human sexuality]. Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke. Scholarly examination by a German psychiatrist of the origins and development of the concept of bisexuality in the fields of psychology and sexology, including an overview of current theory and research.
Haeberle, E. J., & Gindorf, R. (Eds.). (1994). Bisexualitäten: Ideologie und Praxis des Sexualkontes mit beiden Geschlectern. [Bisexualities: Theory and practice of sexual relations with both sexes]. Stuttgart: Gustav Fischer Verlag. Also published in 1998 in English as: Bisexualities: The ideology and practice of sexual contact with both men and women. New York: Continuum. Collection of essays by participants in the 1990 International Berlin Conference for Sexology. Most chapters reflect the beginnings of the shift in scholarly thinking about bisexuality that has come about as a result of subsequent and more current research on bisexuality and bisexual identity.
Hall, D. E., & Pramaggiore, M. (Eds.). (1996). RePresenting bisexualities: Subjects & cultures of fluid desire. New York: NYU Press. Collection of essays on bisexuality in queer theory, literature, film, and cultural studies.
Hansson, H. (Ed.). (1990). Biseksuele levens in Nederland. [Bisexual lives in the Netherlands]. Amsterdam: Orlando. Portrait of bisexual identity and relationships, based on the author's interviews with bisexual women and men.
Hemmings, C. (2002). Bisexual spaces: A geography of sexuality and gender. New York: Routledge. The author of several articles and book chapters on bisexuality and queer theory applies a postmodern perspective sexuality, gender, and bisexual identity through by examining the geography and culture of Northampton, Massachusetts and San Francisco.
Honnens, B.. (1996). Wenn die andere ein Mann ist: Frauen als Partnerinnen bisexueller Männer. [When the other person is a man: Women partners of bisexual men]. Frankfurt: Campus. Explores the experiences of women in marriages with bisexual men in Germany, based on the author's interviews.
Hüsers, F. & König, A. (1995). Bisexualität. [Bisexuality]. Stuttgart: Georg Thieme. A sociologist and a psychiatrist provide a comprehensive and affirmative picture of and guide to bisexuality in Germany today.
Hutchins, L., & Kaahumanu, L. (Eds.). (1991). Bi any other name: Bisexual people speak out. Boston: Alyson. Diverse collection of 75 essays and autobiographical narratives by bi-identified people from the United States.
Hutchins, L., & Williams, H. S. (Eds.). (2011). Sexuality, religion, and the sacred: Bisexual, pansexual and polysexual perspectives. New York: Harrington Park Press. Also published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality (Vol. 10, Issue 1/2). A collection of essays on bisexuality, pansexuality, polysexuality, religion, and spirituality.
Klein, F. (1993). The bisexual option (2nd ed.). New York: Harrington Park Press. Second edition of the one of the first affirmatively written books on bisexuality, originally published in 1978 (Charlotte Wolff's 1979 book, listed below, is the other). The author is also the creator of the well-known Klein Sexual Orientation Grid (KSOG), a multi-dimensional approach to sexual orientation & sexual identity..
Klein, F., & Schwartz, T. (2001). Bisexual and gay husbands, their stories, their words. New York: Harrington Park Press. A collection of personal accounts, based on contributions to an online discussion group for gay and bisexual married men.
Klein, F., & Wolf, T. J. (Eds.). (1985). Two lives to lead: Bisexuality in men and women. New York: Harrington Park Press. The first published scholarly collection of reports on 1980s research on bisexuality. Originally a special issue of the prestigious Journal of Homosexuality (1985, Vol. 11, Issue 1/2).
Kohn, B., & Matusow, A. (1980). Barry & Alice: Portrait of a bisexual marriage. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. An autobiographical account of the authors' marriage and the impact on their relationship of their coming to terms with their bisexuality.
Kolodny, D. R. (Ed.). (2000). Blessed bi spirit: Bisexual people of faith. New York: Continuum. A wide-ranging anthology, with contributions by 31 bisexual people of faith speaking in a most affirmative way about the intersection of spirituality and sexuality in their lives.
Kristal, N., & Szymanski, M. (2006). The bisexual's guide to the universe: Quips, tips, and list for those who go both ways. A far-ranging and humorous look at all aspects of bisexuality in America. New York: Alyson.
Kuppens, A. (1995). Biseksuele identiteiten: Tussen verlangen en praktijk. [Bisexual identities: Between desire and behavior]. Nijmegen, Netherlands: Wetenschapswinkel. Theoretical overview and discussion of bisexual identities, based on interviews with bisexual women and bisexual men.
Mendès-Leité, R., Deschamps, C., & Proth, B.-M. (1996). Bisexualité: Le dernièr tabou. [Bisexuality: The last taboo]. Paris: Calmann Levy. Portrait of bisexual identity and behavior among bisexual men in France today, based on the authors' interviews.
Miller, M., André, A., Ebin, J., & Bessonova, L. (2007). Bisexual health: An introduction and model practices for HIV/STI prevention programming. New York: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, the Fenway Institute at Fenway Community Health, and BiNet USA. An overview of bisexual health issues by an exeperienced group of prevention professionals and community activists. Click here to download the complete report in .pdf format from:the NGLTF website.
Ochs, R., & Rowley, S. E. (Eds.). (2009). Getting bi: Bi: Voices of bisexuals around the world (2nd. ed.). Boston: Bisexual Resource Center. An anthology of personal experiences of bisexual people from all over the world, as well as sections on books, films, and bisexual community resources.
Off Pink Collective. (1988). Bisexual lives. London: Off Pink Publishing. Collection of personal narratives by bisexual women and bisexual men in the U. K.
Orndorff, K. (Ed.). (1999). Bi lives: Bisexual women tell their stories. Tucson, AZ: See Sharp Press. A collection of very thoughtfully done interviews with a diverse group of 18 women, with a focus on how they became aware of and came to terms with their bisexuality.
Riesenfeld, R. (2006). Bisexualidades: "Entre la homosexualidad y la heterosexualidad.” [Bisexualities: Between homosexuality and heterosexuality]. Mexico City: El Armario Abierto. A prominent Mexican therapist looks at bisexuality in contemporary Mexican society.
Rose, S., Stevens, C., & The Off-Pink Collective. (Eds.). (1996). Bisexual horizons: Politics, histories, lives. London: Lawrence & Wishart. Diverse collection of 54 essays and autobiographical narratives by bi-identified people, mostly from the U. K.
Rust, P. C. (1995). Bisexuality and the challenge to lesbian politics: Sex, loyalty & revolution . New York: NYU Press. The author traces the origins of the controversy about bisexuality among lesbians to the 1970s lesbian feminist debates, out of which, she argues, developed an environment in which bisexuality inevitably became a challenge to lesbian politics. She also discusses likely for the sexual politics of the future.
Rust, P. C. R. (Ed.). (2000). Bisexuality in the United States: A Social science reader. New York: Columbia University Press. Comprehensive collection of classic journal articles and book chapters on bisexuality, including many for which the original references are included in this reading list, and as well as in-depth reviews of the literature by the editor preceding each of the books sections.
Stobie, C. (2007). Somewhere in the double rainbow: Representations of bisexuality in post-apartheid novels. Scottsville, South Africa: University of Kwazulu-Natal. An post-modern examination of bisexuality in South African fiction.
Storr, M. (Ed.). (1999). Bisexuality: A critical reader. London: Routledge. Psychological, sociological, activist, and post-modern/cultural criticism perspectives are all included in this edited volume of previously published articles, book chapters and book excerpts. Features material by Freud, Ellis, and Kinsey, as well as bi authors Fritz Klein, Amanda Udis-Kessler, Sue George, Jo Eadie, Amber Ault, Clare Hemmings, and Ann Kaloski.
Suresha, R. J. (Ed.). (2009). Bisexual perspectives on the life and work of Alfred C. Kinsey. New York: Harrington Park Press. Also published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality (Vol. 8, Issue 3/4). A collection of essays on bisexuality and Kinsey's life and work.
Suresha, R. J., & Chavny, P. (Eds.). (2005). Bi men: Coming out every which way. New York: Harrington Park Press. Collection of personal experiences of bisexual men. Also published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality (Vol. 5, Issue 2/3).
Tielman, R. A. P., Carballo, M., & Hendriks, A. C. (Eds.). (1991). Bisexuality & HIV/AIDS: A global perspective. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus. Collection of essays and reviews of research on bisexual identity and behavior among men in a number of modern cultures, including Australia, India, Indonesia, Latin America, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sub-Saharan Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Tucker, N., Highleyman, L., & Kaplan, R. (Eds.). (1995). Bisexual politics: Theories, queeries, & visions. New York: Harrington Park Press. Diverse collection of essays exploring the history, philosophies, visioning, and strategies of bisexual politics in the United States.
van Kerkhof, M. P. N. (1997). Beter Biseks. Mythen over biseksualiteit ontrafeld. [Better bisexuality: Myths about bisexuality revealed]. Amsterdam: Schorer Boeken. Examination of bisexual identity and relationships, based on interviews with bisexual women and bisexual men.
Weatherburn, P., Reid, D. S., Beardsell, S., Davies, P. M., Stephens, M., Broderick, P., Keogh, P., & Hickson, F. (1996). Behaviourally bisexual men in the UK: Identifying needs for HIV prevention. London: UK Health Education Authority. Results of a government sponsored survey study of sexual behavior and HIV/AIDS awareness.
Weinberg, M. S., Williams, T. J., & Pryor, D. W. (1994). Dual attraction: Understanding bisexuality. New York: Oxford University Press. Results of the authors' interview and survey research on bisexual identity and relationships in 1980s San Francisco. Includes personal narratives, the authors' views on how bisexual identity develops, comparison of bisexual, heterosexual, and lesbian/gay patterns of sexual attractions and relationships, and a portrait of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the lives of individuals from their original interviews.
Weise, E. R. (Ed.). (1992). Closer to home: Bisexuality & feminism. Seattle: Seal Press. Collection of 23 essays by bisexual feminist women on bisexuality, feminism, & their intersection.
Williams, M. J. K. (1999). Sexual pathways: Adapting to dual attraction. Westport, CT: Praeger. A study of bisexual identity and relationships, based on the author's interviews with 30 American bisexual women and men.
Wolff, C. (1979). Bisexuality: A study. London: Quarter Books. One of the first books on bisexuality written from an affirmative perspective (Fritz Klein's Bisexual Option, listed above, is the other), based on the author's survey research on bisexual women and bisexual men in the U.K.