Bisexual-Identifying Women’s Relationship Expectations of Female- and Male-Identifying Partners

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Gender role socialization influences women’s expectations in intimate relationships. For bisexual-identifying women, expectations may differ by the gender of their partner. We interviewed a racially and ethnically diverse sample of 12 bisexual-identifying cis-gender women (M = 32 years old) about their relationship expectations of female- and male-identifying partners. Using a grounded theory approach to thematic analysis(Charmaz, 2014), we identified five themes that described bisexual-identifying women’s relationship expectations: (a) Communication, (b) Safety and security, (c) Gender expression, (d) Division of labor, and (e) Allies and advocates. Within each theme, women expressed insights into their tendencies to recreate and/or resist traditional gender roles. Regardless of gender, women expected their partners to acknowledge and advocate for their bisexual identity in public and in private. Findings illustrate the continuing influence of traditional gender role norms, bi-invisibility, and bi-negativity, and the intensified challenges that multiple marginalization creates for bisexual women of color.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-165
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Bisexuality
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was partially supported by grants from the American Institute of Bisexuality and the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. Cheryl Kwok, Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky; Sharon S. Rostosky, Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky; Ellen D. B. Riggle, Department of Political Science and Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky. We thank Hailey E. Lawson, B.S., Robbie M. Luten, B.A., Katherine C. Jensen, M.S., and Keisha R. Morgan, B.A. for their assistance with data analysis.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Keywords

  • Bisexual
  • expectations
  • partner
  • relationships
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Bisexual-Identifying Women’s Relationship Expectations of Female- and Male-Identifying Partners'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this