The Bisexual's Guide to the Universe - book by Alyson Publications - review by Snow

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The Bisexual's Guide to the Universe

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The Bisexual's Guide to the Universe review

A fun and interesting book about bisexuality and how to fit into the bipolar world we live in. A worthy investment if you want a laugh.
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Pros:
Fun, interesting and an easy read.
Cons:
Beware of stereotyping and weird facts.
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review
Around Christmas time last year I picked up The Bisexual’s Guide To The Universe|The Bisexual's Guide to the Universe and leafed through it while I was shopping for a gift for my sister. It seemed fun so I decided to get it for myself on another occasion. When I had the opportunity to review it for Eden I jumped on it.

I was, however, slightly disappointed with the book. For all of its talk about no stereotype really fitting bisexuals I found that it employed the already overused stereotypes of straight or gay people far too much. It also used the stereotypes about bisexual people, though in a tongue in cheek sort of way, far too much. I know it was a joke, but I found the idea that bisexuals think about sex 24/7 and the idea that we find almost everything sexy particularly irritating. Not to mention that some of their facts you have to take with a grain of salt. This is by no means a book I would give to people who were unsure about their own sexuality to discover more about bisexuality.

However, if you are quite confident in your (bi)sexuality I would say sure, go ahead and read this book. It does contain useful information, and it is very successful at inspiring pride in your own sexuality. Bisexuals often hide in one of the two ‘camps,’ myself included, and the most important point from this whole read is that the only way we can raise awareness about the fact that we do exist is to not to be afraid of talking about it. Next time someone assumes I am a lesbian (I happen to be dating a woman right now) I will correct them and say that I like both men and women.

Often I judge a book on whether or not I think it is worth the paper it is printed on and in this case I would say, yes it is. It is a fun read and sometimes a very interesting read, but be careful about taking it too seriously.
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  • Dame Demi
    Bisexuality is such a complicated topic, and bisexuals come in so many versions and degrees--not to mention it often being such a situational experience!--I imagine it would be a difficult topic to cover in one book.
  • Snow
    Yes. And I think they have done a fairly good job at making it clear that it is a very broad catagory
  • Essin' Em
    I had wondered about this book...I may try and borrow a copy, as it doesn't sound like something I'd want to buy....
  • Nashville
    Does it talk love with both genders or mainly sex?
  • Trashley
    This sounds like a good light read. I wouldn't expect it to delve into any deep discussion of gender boundaries and sociological or cultural impact on sexuality and its perception, especially with that title, but it may be a good one to pick up for winter break.
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