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Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics (2007)

by Jennifer Baumgardner

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    VICE VERSA: Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life by Marjorie Garber (notuboc)
    notuboc: an in depth look at the meaning of "bisexuality" as it has evolved over the generations, through lenses such as psychology, film, and law.
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If this book had been subtitled Feminist Politics, I think I might have been more satisfied with it. Like others, I expected more about bisexuality and it's meanings as pertains to the auther's life/history, and instead I got a rehash of feminism and it's effects on sexual behavior in the author's milieu. As someone fundamentally disinterested in feminist politics, this became a problem. It's not that the book was bad, on the contrary, it was certainly well written, and the personal histories of the many women quoted were interesting, as far as they went, but the book didn't turn out to be about bisexuality as much as the title had lead me to believe. ( )
  notuboc | Feb 6, 2012 |
What a disappointingly boring book. Baumgardner trades in depth discussion for anecdotes and re-living second wave feminism. Her main thesis seems to be that women like women because they're not men, and there is depressingly little discussion of the whole bi part of bisexuality. Unless you really want to find out about Amy Ray's ex-girlfriend via a series of self-reaffirming stories, this book is not worth your time or money. ( )
3 vote mollishka | Aug 27, 2008 |
When I read about this book in the Utne Reader, I couldn't wait to buy it. A modern, young, memoir-style account of bisexuality and politics is not one of the most common book styles around- yet just what I had been yearning for. Baumgardner's book fills a void for this type of irreverent, fresh take on post-feminist bisexuality within the context of second-wave political lesbianism. It was disappointing, however, to finish the book feeling like I had read a memoir in which the data (second wave feminism) was made to fit the theory (bisexuality) rather than the other way around. I felt more like I was reading about why straight women sometimes like women, rather than about people who truly have no criteria for sex when it comes to their lovers or partners. I recommend it, just don't set your hopes too high. ( )
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“A necessary read for those looking to expand their understanding of both bisexuality and the contributions of Third Wave feminism.”—Rebecca Walker, Bookforum
“Revealing, smart, titillating . . . Look Both Ways [cuts] straight to the heart of many young women’s fraught relationship to both feminism and their own femininity.” —Jessica Clark, In These Times

“Baumgardner's voice remains as compelling as ever, not only because she writes with the candor of your closest friend, but because she herself appears to be learning and questioning along with the reader.” —Fiorella Valdesolo, Nylon
“Baumgardner is generally thoughtful and honest, with a refreshing sense of humor about herself and her politics. . . . Baumgardner's prose, at its best, is warm, unpretentious and funny . . . And as a memoirist, she is impressively willing to make herself vulnerable. . . . Her arguments for sexual complexity and openness are compelling, as are her claims that bisexual experiences can supply a kind of stereoscopic vision.”— Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Salon

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"For author and activist Jennifer Baumgardner, bisexuality has always been more than "the sexual non-preference of the '90s," and in Look Both Ways she takes a close look at gay and bisexual people on the national cultural stage and the issues their growing visibility raises, particularly for younger women navigating the murky waters of identity. Baumgardner discusses her own experience as a bisexual and the struggle she has undergone to reconcile the privilege she's garnered as a woman who is perceived as straight with the empowerment and satisfaction she's derived from her relationships with women."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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