Murdoch University Research Repository

Welcome to the Murdoch University Research Repository

The Murdoch University Research Repository is an open access digital collection of research
created by Murdoch University staff, researchers and postgraduate students.

Learn more

Queer bisexuality: Perceptions of bisexual existence, distinctions, and challenges

Horncastle, J. (2008) Queer bisexuality: Perceptions of bisexual existence, distinctions, and challenges. Journal of Bisexuality, 8 (1-2). pp. 25-49.

Link to Published Version:
*Subscription may be required


The locatedness of this article falls lightly on such “places” as geography, nationality, and local politics; although it is written in Western Australia it is less especially Australian than it is especially queer. The article is located within the privileged space of queer theory making, and it privileges real and abstract locations. If a physical Western Australian location offers regional specificities to an analysis of bisexuality—for example, how Western Australian and Australian Federal Law regulates legal issues of sexuality—the author does not aim to catalogue them. Instead, the author illuminates an epistemology of bisexuality that theorizes “the interstitial.” It is the in-between knowledge spaces of sexuality that are drawn on to inform the analysis, gesturing towards the conceptual ground of nonnormative sex, gender, and queer lived experience. Foremost, this article is about queerness, about the “thinking space” that queerness provides. It is from this conceptual location (“mildly flavored” as West Australian) that a spotlight on bisexuality is cast. The word queer in this article refers to a specific conceptualisation of nonnormativity that is to do with a political and social sensibility; here, it is not a substitute for the words gay or lesbian.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Media, Communication and Culture
Publisher: Haworth Press
Copyright: 2008 Haworth Press
Item Control Page Item Control Page