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Lose Your Face

Fraser, Mariam. 1997. Lose Your Face. In: Phoebe Davidson and Bi Academic Intervention, eds. The Bisexual Imaginary: Representation, Identity and Desire. London: Cassell, p. 38. ISBN 0-304-33744-7 [Book Section]

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In The History of Sexuality Foucault argues that although sexuality, in contemporary western societies, neither reised within nor is inherently expressive of the truth of the self, we nevertheless *perceive* it to be so: 'A double petition,' Foucault writes, 'in that we are compelled to know how things are with it, while it is suspected of knowking how things are with us.' What of the truth of bisexuality? Some researchers imply that it is a 'riddle' (which presumably requires solving). This position suggests an ignorance of bisexuality, or even igonrances. But as Eve Sedgwick contends: 'far from being pieces of the originary dark, [ignorances] are produced by and correspond to particular knowledges and circulate as part of particular regimes of truth.' To suggest that bisexuality is a riddle then, is not to place it beyond knowledges of sexuality, nor is solving the riddle of bisexuality beyond the fecund propagation of truths. Indeed, the notion of bisexuality as *the* riddle might be no more than another exploitation of *the* secret which must be spoken of ad infinitum.

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Book Section

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Sociology

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1997Published

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3255

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02 Jul 2010 11:13

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07 Jul 2017 11:26

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/3255

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