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Many individuals who had been interested in numerous genders did perhaps maybe not determine as bisexual.

Many individuals who had been interested in numerous genders did perhaps maybe not determine as bisexual.

Bisexuality into the 1970s, then, had been a complex and contested sounding identification. Many individuals who have been interested in numerous genders did perhaps not determine as bisexual.

Certainly one of my interviewees, Curtis (b. 1958) stated he ‘just didn’t think about the term bisexual’. 43 other people, like the Hall Carpenter Oral History venture interviewee Christopher (b. 1944), had more politicized rejections of this term: ‘I’m oppressed as a result of homosexual oppression. You know, I’m not oppressed for the little bit of me which will be … gladly heterosexual’. 44 In the exact same time, there have been numerous in 1970s Britain whom did explain on their own as bisexual. All of whom identified as bisexual although, as Wolff’s struggle over definition suggests, they had varying ideas about what this meant for her study of bisexuality, Wolff interviewed 150 people. 45 The image of bisexuality into the homosexual and traditional press ended up being frequently focussed on males, in component as a result of a wide range of male a-listers who ‘came away’ as bisexual when you look at the 1970s such as for example David Bowie (although he retracted this in 1983), Elton John, and Marc Bolan. 46 we consequently utilize the term ‘bisexual’ as well as ‘multiple gender attraction’, even though it is very important to differentiate involving the two. For instance, stereotypes about men have been drawn to genders that are multiple duplicitous or misogynistic had been more closely connected with people who failed to recognize as bisexual, such as for example homosexual guys who had been in so named ‘mixed marriages’ with heterosexual women. critique of men and women for taking advantage of a ‘trend’ had been very likely to be inclined to those that clearly recognized as bisexual its observed ‘trendiness’ had been for this wide range of general public numbers whom ‘came down’ as bisexual.