What is it about?

This study found that the internalized biphobia and internalized racism that plurisexual women of color (P-WOC) experience are both associated with increased surveillance and dissatisfaction in their bodies. Plurisexual refers to those who have the potential to be sexually, emotionally, and/or romantically attracted to more than one gender identity.

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Why is it important?

These findings expand the literature on P-WOC and highlight the need for further research on reducing factors of discrimination to improve P-WOC’s mental wellbeing.


I hope this article adds to the literature of what we know about predictors of mental health and well-being for plurisexual women of color. Sexual identities such as bisexuality are still often dismissed in and out of the LGBTQIA+ community. I hope that this article will help mental health professionals understand the ways that having a person's racial and sexual identity can be detrimental to mental well-being.

Zori Paul
University of Missouri at Saint Louis

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This page is a summary of: The mediating effects of body surveillance on internalized discriminations and body satisfaction in plurisexual women of color., Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, July 2021, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/sgd0000488.
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