This proposed book is an anthology of both original and reprinted articles on sexuality from a sociological perspective. The readings in this collection focus on the diverse and multi-layered meanings of sexuality, sexual behaviors and sexual identities. The essays in this book will explore sexuality as a social process. As a whole, the book takes the perspective that what each of us understands to be sexual is constructed through everyday social processes and interaction, situated in particular spaces and moments, identified through our social-sexual presentations, and symbolized through language, objects and practices. The book is organized around these four distinct but interrelated processes, and augmented by personal narratives around relevant issues. The purpose of this book is to broaden students' perspectives on sexuality by providing them with a consistent framework to help them understand sexualities as social phenomena. The authors' goals for the book are: to engage students in the sociological enterprise by providing interesting and insightful entries that emphasize the importance of meaning-making in human sexuality, and to provide them with conceptual tools to understand human sexuality in a complex and quickly-changing sexual landscape.
Chapter 11: The Challenges of Identity Formation for Bisexual-Multiracial Women of Asian/White Descent
The Challenges of Identity Formation for Bisexual-Multiracial Women of Asian/White Descent
When I asked my mother if she was a lesbian, she always avoided the question, saying it did not make sense to her. Interestingly for me, she never said, “yes” or “no.” I persisted. “Is Rita my step-parent?” I would probe, teasingly. She and Rita would laugh at me and then revert back to their conversation in Chinese. I was, once again, shut out. I had been raised in a historically all-White hometown: Spokane, Washington. After marrying my White father and giving birth to me, my mother ended up living in cultural isolation from her Hong ...