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Rust Revisited: An Update on Lesbians' Opinions and the Implications for Bisexual Women

by Dr. Wesh, Madeline E. B.

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Paula C. Rodriguez Rust conducted a study in 1993 to explore lesbian opinions about bisexuals and bisexuality. Her results indicated that lesbian women held several negative beliefs about bisexuals. This replication of Rust’s study, modernized as an Internet-based survey, was conducted to gauge the current beliefs that lesbians hold about bisexuals, explore how these beliefs have changed over the last 20 years, and determine which stereotypes still persist. The literature review detailed the challenges of defining bisexuality and establishing a bisexual community, the body of research about antibisexual stereotypes and binegativity held by both homosexual and heterosexual communities, the negative effects of group rejection, and how internalized biphobia impacts mental health. The replication survey revealed that lesbian opinions about bisexuals appear to be moving in a more accepting direction. The new lesbian sample still held beliefs that bisexual identity is more transitional than lesbian identity and that bisexuals are more likely to be able to and desire to pass as heterosexual in public. Significant findings, differences between this replication and Rust’s original survey, and possible directions for future research are discussed.
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Advisor:Dr. Andrea Morrison, Dr. Naomi O'Keefe

School:Argosy University San Francisco Bay Area

School Location:USA - California

Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation

Keywords:Bisexuality, bi invisiblity, bi erasure, internalized biphobia, biphobia, lesbians, bisexuals, beliefs about bisexuals, Paula Rust, lesbian opinions, attitudes towards bisexuals, bisexual mental health, bisexual clients

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Date of Publication:12/03/2014

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