By Surya Monro
This e-book presents an available advent to bisexuality reports, set in the context of latest social conception and study. Drawing on interviews performed within the united kingdom and Colombia, it maps out the territory, delivering a way of knowing sexualities which are neither homosexual, nor lesbian, nor heterosexual.
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3) Discussions about sexuality internationally also appear to be biased towards male sexualities, perhaps because of the focus on HIV/AIDS Introduction 21 transmission that funds and fuels much of the work, but the term Women who have Sex with Women (WSW) is also used. The notion of ‘MSM’ has now been followed by the development of the terms ‘Men who have Sex with Men and Women’ (MSMW), and ‘Women who have Sex with Men and Women’ (WSMW) which are used to cover what could also be interpreted as behavioural bisexuality (see San Francisco Human Rights Commission LGBT Advisory Committee undated).
All of these labels may sediment particular sexual identities in a way that invites subjects (individuals) to erase, hide, or reject some of their desires. One common thread is that all of them, except ‘behavioural bisexual’, assume a connection between identities and sexual attractions and desires. One alternative term is ‘Men who have Sex with Men’ (MSM). 1). 3). However, the term ‘MSM’ is also problematic, because it has: collapsed cultural differences between non-western (and non-white) people and marked them as ‘Others’.
One common thread is that all of them, except ‘behavioural bisexual’, assume a connection between identities and sexual attractions and desires. One alternative term is ‘Men who have Sex with Men’ (MSM). 1). 3). However, the term ‘MSM’ is also problematic, because it has: collapsed cultural differences between non-western (and non-white) people and marked them as ‘Others’. Kothis in Bangladesh, Ibbi in Senegal, Yan dauda in Nigeria, African-American men ‘on the down low’ in the USA, and hijra in India are collectively tagged ‘MSM’ despite speaking different languages, holding different religious beliefs, occupying different social positions in various environmental spaces, and being engaged in different kinds of sexual practices and emotional relationships.