Bi-invisibility: A phenomenological exploration of same-sex casual encounters

Porter Macey, Neli Morris, Olivia Hamlin, Jaclyn Cravens

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Sexual behaviors do not always align with a person’ s sexual orientation. This paper seeks to explore the experiences of those who sexuality identify as heterosexual or mostly heterosexual and engage in same-sex sexual behavior. We sought to understand what led the individuals to this particular type of encounter, the behaviors associated with the encounter, how the encounters were described by the participants, and the overall impact that gender has on the experience. This phenomenological study included a sample of 14 men and 6 women from an online source in which the individuals described their experiences. We found 11 themes that were organized within three categories: before, during, and after. Our study revealed diverse motivations for engaging in a casual same- sex encounter, as well as a gender difference in the overall impact of the experience. Implications and future research directions will be discusseD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-250
JournalJournal of Bisexuality
StatePublished - May 2017


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