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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press; First Printing edition (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580054749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580054744
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"Brilliant! I have been waiting twenty years for a book like this. It should be required reading for any person even considering entering the dialogue about where the 'B' fits in the LGBT world. Let the revolution begin."
Kyle Schickner, Bi Activist/Filmmaker

Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution … is a groundbreaking exploration of bisexual politics by a revolutionary thinker.”
Publishers Weekly

“This is the most innovative and exciting book to be published on bisexuality in many years, and one which will move work in this area forward in many vital ways. Eisner weaves together bisexual theory and activism with related areas in a sophisticated and rigorous manner that enriches both the field of bisexuality and those that are drawn into dialogue with it. In particular, the explorations of racialization and the conversations between bisexual activism and the politics of global conflicts are highly original, thought-provoking, and important. Throughout the book Eisner challenges existing practices, such as biphobia and 'mythbusting’ of bisexual stereotypes, and puts forward intriguing and valuable alternatives. The book will be helpful far beyond the bisexual movement itself and is a must-read for feminists, LBG&T workers, critical race and queer theorists and activists particularly.”
Meg Barker, author of The Bisexuality Report

Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution is a brilliant and comprehensive look at where the bisexual movement has been, and where it should head in the future. Rather than merely denying or debunking the countless accusations and stereotypes that plague bisexuality (as many past writers have done), Shiri Eisner exposes the underlying assumptions and misconceptions about sex, gender, and sexuality that give rise to societal monosexism and biphobia. A must read, not only for those of us who fall under the bisexual umbrella, but for feminists, queer and trans activists, and anyone who is concerned with social justice.”
Julia Serano, author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity and Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive

Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution is a breath of fresh air. So much of sexual-political activism and writing these days seems to seek acceptance by mainstream society rather than profound change. Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution steps right outside of that. It is far and away the most significant analysis of bisexuality published this century.”
Sue George, author of Women and Bisexuality and blogger at Bisexuality and Beyond

“Shiri Eisner unpacks bisexuality and the bisexual experience, challenging ‘monosexism’ privilege in a refreshing, clear, unwavering voice. But, instead of the usual narratives of bi activism, Eisner brings us a global, “radical” vision, recognizing the seemingly endless battle for mere acknowledgement as whole people, while taking us further—toward a “bi revolution.” Make no mistake: Shiri Eisner offers us more than a fresh voice for a new generation of bi activism; Eisner offers us all a call to action.”
William E. Burleson, author of Bi America: Myths, Truths, and Struggles of an Invisible Community

“Shiri Eisner has deftly woven a fresh, clear, subtle, and profound analysis of the revolutionary potential of bisexuality. I wholeheartedly recommend this passionate, engaging, and thought-provoking book to anyone who cares about the intersections of gender, sexuality, and social justice.”
Jamie Heckert, PhD, co-editor of Anarchism & Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power

“What a joy! Hurrah, hurrah. Decades after we birthed our bi US anthology, Eisner’s practical tips for organizers, brain food for theory-heads, and inspirational proposals offer a visionary trans-national approach that takes bi experiences and identities to new levels, depths, breadths. A volume for all of us, bi every name we call ourselves.”
Loraine Hutchins, co-editor of Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out

About the Author

Shiri Eisner is a feminist bisexual and genderqueer activist, writer, and researcher who is considered a rising star of the international bisexual community and is quickly gaining reputation. After graduating with honors from Tel Aviv University, Eisner spoke internationally and facilitated workshops at both academic and activist conferences, focusing on bisexual politics, theory, and activism, as well as undertaking an in-depth exploration of current bisexual literature, representation, and research. She is currently pursuing her postgraduate studies while writing this book as the culmination of her reading and research thus far.

Eisner has extensive activist experience in the areas of feminism, LGBTQ, anti-war, and animal liberation. In the field of queer activism, she organized and participated in many events, including radical/alternative pride marches, demonstrations, and protest vigils. As a bisexual activist, she is the founder and head of the only bisexual organization in Israel today (and the second ever), Panorama – Bi and Pansexual Feminist Community, a grassroots organization focusing on bisexual community building and activism. In many ways, Eisner is considered to be the founder of the Israeli bisexual movement, as virtually no such movement has existed prior to her founding of Panorama. As such, she is highly regarded by the LGBTQ community on a national (and international) level and is considered a world authority on bisexual issues.

Eisner's writing draws heavily on both her academic and her activist background, creating an accessible, political, and well-grounded writing style. Her writings, focusing on bisexuality, have been published internationally in both journalist, activist, and academic contexts. Her English-language blog, Radical Bi, is one of the most popular and well-known English-language blogs about bisexuality; it is referred to internationally on blogs like Bisexual, Pansexual and Queer Community (United States); BiUK (United Kingdom); La Radical Bi (Spain); and Bisexualitaet.org (Germany). Her Hebrew-language blog, Purple-Black, is highly popular as the only blog in Hebrew focusing on this topic.

Eisner lives in Tel Aviv, Israel. She regards Bi as an activist project, which she hopes will affect social change.

More About the Author

Shiri Eisner is a feminist bisexual and genderqueer activist, writer and researcher. She resides in Tel Aviv, Israel/Occupied Palestine, where she founded and currently heads the grassroots bisexual organization, Panorama - Bi and Pansexual Feminist Community. She is currently pursuing her MA in gender studies while keeping involved with various political movements, including Mizrahi, feminist, queer, disability, animal liberation and Palestine solidarity work. She hopes to incite the revolution very soon.

Customer Reviews

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Maria Took
This book opened my eyes about the bi/trans experience, bisexuality and men, and the parallels between bisexuality and racialization.
Kristin Barendsen
When you read this book your perspective on the world will change, even if you are already knowledgeable about bisexuality.
Patrick RichardsFink

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gene A. Bradley on June 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
Bisexuality has long been seen as something weird, stupid, not-real, and just generally not accepted by the straight or even the LGT community. If you are looking to learn more about bisexuality, you need to read this book. Bisexuality is something that should be accepted as something real, because it is! (If you have been questioning your sexuality, I would also strongly suggest that you read this book) Shiri Eisner explains the meanings, politics, and controversy of bisexuality, and shows how it can enlighten to everyone a whole new way of going against social norms. Read this book-you will not regret it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Patrick RichardsFink on July 11, 2013
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This is the book we have been waiting for. Eisner carefully, systematically, and thoughtfully teases out the tangled threads of what it really means to be bisexual and how the dominant culture fears, reviles, and erases bisexuals -- and how the mainstream of Lesbian and Gay is complicit in this via their deliberate erasure even unto rewriting history. From the ongoing "Anything But Bisexual" label issues, to misogyny, to homophobia and biphobia, this book breaks it down to first causes.

There is no attempt to be hip, to be titillating, to drop a wink and say something shocking because it's expected. No, this book is deadly serious. It's important, truthful, unflinching, and sincere.

I do not agree with all of Eisner's ideas (just the great majority of them) -- and I also don't think that this book is completely exhaustive. By nature, it could not be. Scholars will be spending the next generation filling in the gaps. But this is the book that the bisexual community has needed for years. Finally, a book for us, by us, about us; a book liberally sprinkled with trigger warnings so that it is accessible to everyone; a book that looks at bisexuality and the bisexual movement through the lens of bisexuality rather than trying to figure out how we fit into Gay or Straight.

When you read this book your perspective on the world will change, even if you are already knowledgeable about bisexuality.

No collection of queer nonfiction or queer theory can be considered complete enough to be even remotely useful if it doesn't have this book in it.

Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge. However, I will be buying multiple copies, because this is one of those books that you will have to lend out and give to other people and to organizations who need it in their libraries.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By missteared on July 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
I originally bought this for my Kindle, but two chapters and a lot of highlighting in, I realized I absolutely needed a physical copy as well. This is a book I will come back to again and again, as a resource and a reminder.

This book is fantastic. It came for me at exactly the right time in my life just as I was ready to step out of the closet, and contextualized much of my personal feelings and struggles. It's helped me on my own path toward reclaiming bisexuality. I can interface with my own sexuality and community on more than a superficial level. It gave me the tools to combat the oppression of and inside my community.

More valuable were its discussions of biphobia and how to combat common stereotypes and myths without falling into exclusionary language, as well as looking at the root of biphobia and why bisexuality threatens monosexism. An entire chapter on so-called passing privilege was especially helpful, given the criticism non-monosexuals often get from monosexual-identified people. The concept of bisexuality as subversive never occurred to me, but seems so natural now. After all, who better to break down borders than those who pass between them? She situates bisexuality both within the straight world and the LGBTQ+ community, expanding on the unique problems of navigating both, and her deconstruction of biphobia experienced differently by men, women, trans*, and genderqueer/nonbinary people is particularly useful.

Eisner is well aware of her own privileges when she writes, as well as the backgrounds of her audience. The book contains concise definitions of terminology and trigger warnings to make it accessible to people of all backgrounds. She prefaces sections and ideas so that her intent comes across clear.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Walkley on August 18, 2013
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I just finished Shiri Eisner's Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution and, I must say, I am geared up and ready to make change! Looking back over the book now, I realize I have highlighted almost every single page in this non-fiction call-to-action and will have quite the challenge to synthesize my thoughts into a digestible review. Nevertheless, here we go...

First off, overall I would like to say that this is a definite must-read for not only every bisexual activist, but every bisexual, pansexual, monosexual, homosexual, heterosexual, genderqueer -- heck, everyone! The research Eisner has done for this book is clear from the beginning and the result is an incredible historical review of the bisexual movement from a whole host of perspectives and views, as well as clear ideas for revolutionizing it from here on out. With chapters on bisexuality, monosexism and biphobia, privilege, feminism, women and men, trans*, radicalization and what Eisner calls the "GGGG movement," or the Gay-Gay-Gay-Gay movement, readers are exposed to the major issues that have impacted bisexuals over the years and those that are affecting us today.

While I could easily write a series of articles based on Bi, I have instead chosen some specific quotes that truly spoke to me to comment on; we begin with, "our political struggle needs to reflect the interests of everyone, address everyone's needs, and endeavor to attain resources for and empower people of all groups -- not just the ones who fit a certain palatable standard." Eisner continues: "A very long list of people is being thrown overboard in the effort to `fight biphobia.' In this way, the rebuttal in fact imposes biphobic normative standards on the bisexual community itself, drawing a line between `good' and `bad' bisexuals.
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