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Outside belonging : multi-sexual relationships as border existence

Pallotta-Chiarolli, Maria and Lubowitz, Sara 2003, Outside belonging : multi-sexual relationships as border existence, Journal of bisexuality, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 55-85.

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Title Outside belonging : multi-sexual relationships as border existence
Author(s) Pallotta-Chiarolli, MariaORCID iD for Pallotta-Chiarolli, Maria orcid.org/0000-0003-3601-4642
Lubowitz, Sara
Journal name Journal of bisexuality
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 55
End page 85
Publisher Haworth
Place of publication Binghamton, NY
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1529-9716
1529-9724
Keyword(s) bisexuality
heterosexuality
gender and power
ethnic women
women’s health
HIV/AIDS
monogamy
polyamory
trust/betrayal
relationships
marriage
Summary This article draws from an ongoing Australian research project with over 60 culturally and sexually diverse women in monogamous, open, and polyamorous relationships with bisexual-identifying and/or bisexualbehaving men. Positioned within a queer feminist deconstructive theoretical framework, this research provides insights into the border existences of these women and their partners, and their negotiations of “new rules” and boundaries in order to construct healthy relationships. What are the various ways that HIV/AIDS impacts women in relationships with bisexual men? How do they deal with issues such as social, community, workplace and familial ostracism? Probyn's term, “outside belonging” (1996: 9) is applicable to the border existences of thesewomen and their bisexual male partners. Their multi-sexual relationships are both “outside” gendernormative and heteronormative constructs of marital and defacto relationships and yet “belonging,” for the partnersmay “pass” as a “normal” couple. They are also “outside” the dominant constructs of Australian gay identity and community while simultaneously “belonging” due to their partners', and sometimes their own, same-sex attractions and relationships.

Language eng
Field of Research 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002239

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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