Imagining bisexual futures: positive, non-normative later life

Jones, Rebecca L. (2011). Imagining bisexual futures: positive, non-normative later life. Journal of Bisexuality, 11(2-3) pp. 245–270.



Gerontologists have long noted that people find it hard to imagine themselves growing old. Previous research has also shown that, despite the increased variability and diversity of (post)modern life courses, people still tend to project normative life courses, centring around marriage, childbearing and grandchildren. It has been argued that this tendency, combined with the scarcity of representations of older queer people, creates particular difficulties for younger queer people in imagining later life positively. This paper presents findings from a study where members of a bisexual community used creative methods to imagine their futures. Predominantly, they created positive and non-normative futures.

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