Bisexual desires for more than one gender as a challenge to normative relationship ideals
Lahti, A. (2018). Bisexual desires for more than one gender as a challenge to normative relationship ideals. Psychology and Sexuality, 9(2), 132-147. https://doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2018.1441896
Published inPsychology and Sexuality
© 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis GroupIn Copyright
Normative western understandings of intimate relationships continue to draw upon the discourses of romantic love and the ideal of finding ‘the one’ who meets all our romantic and sexual needs. As desire is not sexually or emotionally exclusive, even people in normative relationships have to make sense of desires beyond the monogamous ideal. Bisexual people engage in these negotiations from a challenging cultural position. As a desire for more than one gender, bisexuality is persistently culturally associated with wavering desire, promiscuity and multiple partners. In light of these cultural conditions, I explore how Finnish bisexual women – and their (ex-)partners of various genders who do not identify as bisexual – negotiate desires that exceed the boundaries of normative relationships, such as attraction to ‘someone else’. I draw on the follow-up interviews of a longitudinal interview set conducted in 2005 and 2014–2015. The majority of the interviewed bisexual women and their (ex-)partners lived in monogamous long-term relationships. Yet women’s bisexuality often brought the monogamous norm under explicit negotiation. In many cases, bisexuality as a culturally ‘weak’ identity did not offer a solid frame for women to interpret their desires for people of more than one gender. The notion of bisexuality highlights the excess of sexuality beyond any normative relationship, but makes bisexual women especially vulnerable to stigma. The negotiations around women’s bisexual desires, however, broadened the participants’ (normative) ideas of relationships, and made space for women’s bisexuality in their monogamous relationships. ...
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publication in research information system
MetadataShow full item record
Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Showing items with similar title or keywords.
Lahti, Annukka (Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., 2018)This article explores bisexual women’s sexual experiences at the edges of or between relationships. It draws on the follow-up interviews of a longitudinal interview set conducted in 2005 and 2014–2015 with bisexual women ...
Lahti, Annukka (2019)Bisexuality refers to the experience of emotional, romantic and/or sexual attraction to people of more than one gender. Bisexuality is persistently culturally associated with being only a temporary identity, having multiple ...
Awaking the motivation for change : relationships between physical fitness, physical activity and psychosocial factors among men in the Adventures of Joe Finn Campaign Kaasalainen, Karoliina (University of Jyväskylä, 2017)This thesis examined how physical fitness is associated with self-reported physical activity (PA), eating habits and psychosocial factors among Finnish men who engaged in the Adventures of Joe Finn Campaign. The thesis ...
Challenging Unequal Gendered Conventions in Heterosexual Relationship Contexts through Affective Dissonance Jurva, Raisa; Lahti, Annukka (Taylor & Francis, 2019)In Nordic countries, intimate relationships are routinely compared against ideals of gender equality, even though equality is not always achieved in everyday life. In this article, we analyse interviews with women that ...
The role of non formal education in transforming power relations and challenging gender : a critical case study of an alternative basic education programme in Alaba Kulito, Ethiopia Garcia Piriz, Aranzazu (2010)Top to bottom initiatives are being exported to developing countries with the same patterns and patriarchal structures that exist in the west. Since the 70´s and currently, non formal education (NFE) programmes are being ...