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By Merl Storr

Bisexuality: A serious Reader offers the basic basic texts on bisexuality from the final a hundred years in an easy-to-read structure. Exploring this usually debatable thought from more than a few views, this e-book areas bisexuality in its ancient and cultural context and explores its many meanings and makes use of. Merl Storr's introductions provide an easy review of the texts integrated and units them truly within the context of debates on bisexuality.
This assortment comprises items by:
* Henry Havelock Ellis
* Sigmund Freud
* Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy and Clyde E. Martin
* and Hélèn Cixous.

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He firmly believed in the biological basis of all forms of sexual behaviour, and argued that ‘true’ sexual inversion was always innate. Ellis was also, like many British socialists and radical thinkers before the Second World War, a supporter of eugenics, albeit a relatively cautious one. (Weeks 1977, 1989). Studies in the Psychology of Sex, from which these extracts are taken, is an extraordinarily wide-ranging work which draws on anthropology, psychology, medical and literary writings as well as case histories.

In tacitly making this change to Freud’s original usage of the term ‘bisexuality’, Stekel sidesteps rather than solves the mystery of bisexuality, and arguably oversimplifies Freud’s ideas in the process. Moreover, Stekel’s claim that monosexuality is unnatural is far from even-handed: although he presents both heterosexuality and homosexuality as potentially neurotic abnormal states, he still nevertheless suggests that homosexuality is in some sense more neurotic and abnormal than heterosexuality.

All persons originally are bisexual in their predisposition. There is no exception to this rule. Normal persons show a distinct bisexual period up to the age of puberty. The heterosexual then represses his homosexuality. He also sublimates a portion of his homosexual cravings in friendship, nationalism, social endeavors, gatherings, etc. If this sublimation fails him he becomes neurotic. Since no person overcomes completely his homosexual tendencies, every one carries within himself the predisposition to neurosis.

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