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Bi lives : bisexual women tell their stories
Orndorff, Kata, 1950-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Tucson, Ariz. : See Sharp Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
251 pages ; 23 cm
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Central Library HQ74 .B54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A collection of 18 in-depth interviews with a wide range of bisexual women of different races, ages, and economic classes involved in a very wide variety of lifestyles.

Author Notes

Kata Orndorff is a long-time lesbian/bisexual activist who was involved in many groups (such as Lesbians Against Police Violence) in the Boston and San Francisco areas.

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Booklist Review

Eighteen interviews with bisexual women reveal a vast range of backgrounds and adult experiences, from childhoods in urban settings to youth spent on a southern Virginia farm, from a woman currently married and monogamous as well as not very sexual to one who is now nonmonogamous with both a woman and a man. "Susan," age 43 and an incest survivor, regards her bisexual activities as reflecting her need to please and be praised for being "hot." Radical feminist political organizer "Lani" ponders the philosophy of lesbian separatism and the hurt she endured because of it. HIV-positive "Mary" had been in an open relationship with a man, and both enjoyed going to parties and "playing" before learning of his HIV status (when interviewed, her health was failing, but an epilogue reveals that later her viral load diminished). Along with the interviews come safer-sex guidelines and a bisexual resource list, which round the book out as a valuable resource for collections strong in sexuality issues and women's studies. --Whitney Scott

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