‘A REAL LESBIAN WOULDN’T TOUCH A BISEXUAL WITH A BARGEPOLE’

Contesting boundaries within the construction of collective identity. Abstract

Drawn from a study of this construction of collective identification in DIVA magazine between 1994 and 2004, this informative article considers the discursive contestation for the boundaries necessarily, however never ever straightforwardly, erected in the act. Analysing first a range of articles and 2nd (and much more considerably) debates about who ‘we’ have been in and between visitors’ letters, this article centers around the ‘trouble’ posed by bisexuality in this age. Visitors draw on and competition a cluster of interrelated characterisations of bisexuals: as undecided, being a type or type of pollutant, so that as insufficient facsimiles of ‘real lesbians’, along with just about available characterisations of ‘us’. Read More