chapter  3
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Representing the Middle Ground

W hereas in chapter 2 , 1 traced the production and development of bisexual meanings in the lesbian/feminist space o f Northam pton, Massachusetts, in this chapter I am concerned with how bisexuality is produced in relation to transsexuality. H ow are both bisexuality and transsexuality constructed within and for the contem porary fields o f sexuality and gender studies in U.S. and U.K. contexts? I am interested in mapping the discursive spaces carved out for bisexual and transsexual bodies within these fields, and in exploring the possibility of imagining alternative bisexual and transsexual spaces of representation. I examine bisexuality and transsexuality together in this chapter because there are a number of similarities in the ways that bisexuality and transsexuality are given and give meaning within queer and feminist studies currently, and in addition because o f their overlapping locations within sexological and psychoanalytic accounts of gender and sexual subject form ation through the twentieth century. In contemporary contexts bisexuality and transsexuality become each other, and each other’s alibis, in part due to a past that is assumed to be the cause of their contem porary locations. Their contem porary meaning, location, and histories are difficult to disentangle. Interestingly, even if I desired to separate out bisexual and transsexual locations, cartographic inquiry into queer feminist terrain will not allow me to do so.