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University of Colorado Boulder

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Fall 2021

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Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender


The present study examines the way in which bisexuality is experienced and conceptualized in the city of Amsterdam, and how this influences bisexuality’s existence as a sexual identity. Data was collected through conducting one-on-one open-ended interviews with six queer women living in Amsterdam, five of whom are attracted to all genders. Interviews included themes of binegativity, conforming to lesbianism for safety in queer spaces, the additional mental load bisexual women carry, the perception that bisexual women are delusional to their real selves. These themes are then analyzed in order to give reason to the dissolving of the bisexual identity. This study gives light to how difficult it is to navigate being bisexual even in the famously queer city of Amsterdam, and how this has contributed to a flight from the bisexual label.


Dutch Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Women's Studies


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