Jennifer Baumgarder Author, journalist, film producer, cultural critic,activist, and public speaker Subjects Feminism (third wave) bisexuality Single parenthood Sex Rape Abortion
continued Attended Lawrence University in Moved to NYC in 1993 and began Appleton, Wisconsin, graduating in working for Ms. Magazine 1992 Jennifer has written for magazines Helped organize a feminist group including: called “Guerilla Theater” Glamour Started an alternative newspaper called The Other, which focused on The Nation women’s liberation Babble Maxim SoapBox Inc. Speakers Who Speak Out, I Had an Abortion Project (2004), I Was Raped Project (2008)
Major Works ManifestA: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (2000) Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism (2004) Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics (2007)
Definition of bisexuality “hermaphrodite” or “sexually attracted by both sexes.”- Webster’s Dictionary “someone who has the ability to be sexually attracted to men and women” “bisexuals are part of as well as apart from heterosexual society and the lesbian and gay community”
Theories Freud Fliess Innate bisexuality There is a masculine and feminine side to each of us Progressed through 3 phases Males suppress feminine in themselves and females the masculine Closer to what we now know as androgyny
Freud’s theories We are all born bisexual but mature adults repress their homosexual desire and get together with the opposite sex Root of bisexuality was in culture and not biology Sexuality changes and evolves throughout one’s life
Alfred Kinsey Developed Kinsey Scale Rates 3 elements of sexuality: sexual desires, sexual practices, and sexual identity Scale from (exclusively straight)0-6(exclusively gay) 3-represented equally straight and gay
Discussion “bisexuality, so clearly a major component in human sexuality, was studied again and again-so why does being bisexual remain denied or diminished?” do you think bi issues are different from gay issues, since all your problems come from the same source, homophobia? Why would lesbians/gaycommunitydiscriminate against bisexuals?