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Bisexual and Pansexual Identities: Exploring and challenging invisibility and invalidation

Hayfield, Nikki



This book draws on psychological and social sciences research to offer a unique and in-depth exploration of the in/visibility of sexualities. It evidences how early sexologists understood sexuality within a binary model which provided the underpinnings of bisexual invisibility. Sexologists and psychologists have often overlooked bisexuality which has contributed to the ongoing erasure and invisibility of bisexual people and their identities. The text also focuses on individual and cultural in/visibility and offers a contemporary account of the in/visibility of bisexuality, pansexuality, and asexualities within education, employment, mainstream mass media, and the wider culture. The book concludes with a discussion of the limited ways in bisexuality, pansexuality, and asexuality have become somewhat more visible than in the past.
This unique book is the first to extend discussions of invisibility beyond bisexuality to include contemporary identities. It will be particularly useful for students and scholars who have an interest in bisexuality, pansexuality, and asexual spectrum identities. The accessible approach means it will also be of interest to anyone with a personal interest in finding out more about bisexuality, pansexuality, and asexuality.


Hayfield, N. (2020). Bisexual and Pansexual Identities: Exploring and challenging invisibility and invalidation. London: Routledge

Book Type Authored Book
Acceptance Date Dec 12, 2019
Online Publication Date May 12, 2020
Publication Date Jul 17, 2020
Deposit Date Jan 21, 2020
Series Title Gender and Sexualities in Psychology
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