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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (July 2 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580054749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580054744
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I went into reading this book thinking it would be a substantial look at ended up being beginner's level. I was looking for a more theoretical, in-depth look at bisexuality and I just didn't find it here, unfortunately. Great book for anyone looking to learn about bisexuality, not so good for people with knowledge of the field.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A truly amazing book on bisexuality-a must read June 24 2013
By Gene A. Bradley - Published on
Format: Paperback
Bisexuality has long been seen as something weird, stupid, not-real, and just generally not accepted by the straight or even the LGT community. If you are looking to learn more about bisexuality, you need to read this book. Bisexuality is something that should be accepted as something real, because it is! (If you have been questioning your sexuality, I would also strongly suggest that you read this book) Shiri Eisner explains the meanings, politics, and controversy of bisexuality, and shows how it can enlighten to everyone a whole new way of going against social norms. Read this book-you will not regret it!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Long Past Time: You Need This Book July 11 2013
By Patrick RichardsFink - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the book we have been waiting for. Eisner carefully, systematically, and thoughtfully teases out the tangled threads of what it really means to be bisexual and how the dominant culture fears, reviles, and erases bisexuals -- and how the mainstream of Lesbian and Gay is complicit in this via their deliberate erasure even unto rewriting history. From the ongoing "Anything But Bisexual" label issues, to misogyny, to homophobia and biphobia, this book breaks it down to first causes.

There is no attempt to be hip, to be titillating, to drop a wink and say something shocking because it's expected. No, this book is deadly serious. It's important, truthful, unflinching, and sincere.

I do not agree with all of Eisner's ideas (just the great majority of them) -- and I also don't think that this book is completely exhaustive. By nature, it could not be. Scholars will be spending the next generation filling in the gaps. But this is the book that the bisexual community has needed for years. Finally, a book for us, by us, about us; a book liberally sprinkled with trigger warnings so that it is accessible to everyone; a book that looks at bisexuality and the bisexual movement through the lens of bisexuality rather than trying to figure out how we fit into Gay or Straight.

When you read this book your perspective on the world will change, even if you are already knowledgeable about bisexuality.

No collection of queer nonfiction or queer theory can be considered complete enough to be even remotely useful if it doesn't have this book in it.

Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge. However, I will be buying multiple copies, because this is one of those books that you will have to lend out and give to other people and to organizations who need it in their libraries.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Exciting and revolutionary July 22 2013
By missteared - Published on
Format: Paperback
I originally bought this for my Kindle, but two chapters and a lot of highlighting in, I realized I absolutely needed a physical copy as well. This is a book I will come back to again and again, as a resource and a reminder.

This book is fantastic. It came for me at exactly the right time in my life just as I was ready to step out of the closet, and contextualized much of my personal feelings and struggles. It's helped me on my own path toward reclaiming bisexuality. I can interface with my own sexuality and community on more than a superficial level. It gave me the tools to combat the oppression of and inside my community.

More valuable were its discussions of biphobia and how to combat common stereotypes and myths without falling into exclusionary language, as well as looking at the root of biphobia and why bisexuality threatens monosexism. An entire chapter on so-called passing privilege was especially helpful, given the criticism non-monosexuals often get from monosexual-identified people. The concept of bisexuality as subversive never occurred to me, but seems so natural now. After all, who better to break down borders than those who pass between them? She situates bisexuality both within the straight world and the LGBTQ+ community, expanding on the unique problems of navigating both, and her deconstruction of biphobia experienced differently by men, women, trans*, and genderqueer/nonbinary people is particularly useful.

Eisner is well aware of her own privileges when she writes, as well as the backgrounds of her audience. The book contains concise definitions of terminology and trigger warnings to make it accessible to people of all backgrounds. She prefaces sections and ideas so that her intent comes across clear.

The scope of this book is enormous and I sincerely hope it inspires Eisner or other bi activists to expound on many of its ideas in greater depth.

This is the book on bisexuality I didn't know I needed until I had it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Must-Read! Aug. 18 2013
By A. J. Walkley - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just finished Shiri Eisner's Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution and, I must say, I am geared up and ready to make change! Looking back over the book now, I realize I have highlighted almost every single page in this non-fiction call-to-action and will have quite the challenge to synthesize my thoughts into a digestible review. Nevertheless, here we go...

First off, overall I would like to say that this is a definite must-read for not only every bisexual activist, but every bisexual, pansexual, monosexual, homosexual, heterosexual, genderqueer -- heck, everyone! The research Eisner has done for this book is clear from the beginning and the result is an incredible historical review of the bisexual movement from a whole host of perspectives and views, as well as clear ideas for revolutionizing it from here on out. With chapters on bisexuality, monosexism and biphobia, privilege, feminism, women and men, trans*, radicalization and what Eisner calls the "GGGG movement," or the Gay-Gay-Gay-Gay movement, readers are exposed to the major issues that have impacted bisexuals over the years and those that are affecting us today.

While I could easily write a series of articles based on Bi, I have instead chosen some specific quotes that truly spoke to me to comment on; we begin with, "our political struggle needs to reflect the interests of everyone, address everyone's needs, and endeavor to attain resources for and empower people of all groups -- not just the ones who fit a certain palatable standard." Eisner continues: "A very long list of people is being thrown overboard in the effort to `fight biphobia.' In this way, the rebuttal in fact imposes biphobic normative standards on the bisexual community itself, drawing a line between `good' and `bad' bisexuals." And further on: "It seems that in order to receive mainstream approval and acceptance, bi communities adopt and repeat the same mainstream values that are normally used against them."

These quotes truly jumped out when I read them because of the fact that, in my own writing and in the Bi the Bi column I have co-written for The Huffington Post, I believe I am at fault for trying to make greater society accept bisexuals by assuring that I am a monogamous bisexual, for instance, attempting to counter the stereotype that bisexuals cannot be monogamous. Eisner is spot on here -- some bisexuals are monogamous and some aren't, and that is okay, that is beautiful. We cannot hope to move forward in bisexual activism by scapegoating anyone. I will be sure to check myself in this area in my own writing and speaking engagements from here on out, and I thank Eisner for calling this aspect out. I hope others will do the same.

Perhaps one of the most important points for bisexual activism is that we cannot continue to neglect specifically bisexual causes in order to assimilate into the "GGGG movement." We have put a lot of force behind repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the fight for marriage equality, for example, which do impact bisexuals -- but perhaps not as much as issues of health disparity, homelessness and domestic violence. Eisner writes:

"People with more urgent needs than marriage are neglected from the resources and activist efforts of the GGGG movement. GGGG organizations spend many millions of dollars on the struggle for marriage, while organizations addressing the issues of queer and trans homelessness [sic] youth, HIV+ queers, queer and trans people of color, queers in poverty, queer and trans survivors of violence, and many others suffer from a constant lack of money and resources."

And when bisexuals are affected by these issues to a greater extent than lesbians and gay men, it truly makes you take a step back to reassess where our time and money is going -- as well as why we are trying to assimilate to begin with.

There are definitely some radical points of view Eisner poses that may not be for everyone; but regardless, the messages within Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution are important and ever so relevant. We must actively build up a varied bisexual community that is welcoming to all gender identities, races, ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, etc. so that bisexuals no longer have to, in Eisner's words, "[come] to terms with our identities in, and through, communities where we are strangers."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Eyes and mind opening March 19 2014
By Adi - Published on
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Even if you wont agree was some of it, its a mind and eye opening book about bisexual identity and politics, recommended for bisexuals as well as any other orientation or identity.

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