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Bisexuality

  • By: Dawn Wright Williams
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Bisexuality is generally defined as the ability to be sexually and emotionally attracted to person of both genders. This attraction can be expressed by maintaining multiple sexual and emotional attachments or through monogamous relationships where one is having sexual and emotional relationships with either gender exclusively.

Bisexuality and Mothering

Bisexual mothers have no doubt existed in all historical periods, but generally their sexual preference becomes known only when the mother in question is a public figure. Famous celebrity mothers from the recent past include the German actress/singer Marlene Dietrich, the American dancer Josephine Baker, and the British author Vita Sackville-West. Today, far more celebrity mothers are publicly acknowledging their bisexuality: examples include the American singer/actress Madonna (Madonna Louise Ciccone), the Portuguese/Canadian singer Nelly Furtado, the British ...

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