J. O'H: Would you venture an explanation for the fact that bisexuality among women today seems to be much more readily accepted by men than bisexuality among men?
FOUCAULTThis probably has to do with the role women play in the imagination of heterosexual men. Women have always been seen by them as their exclusive property. To preserve this image a man had to prevent this woman from having too much contact with other men, so women were restricted to social contact with other women and more tolerance was exercised with regard to the phyisical rapport between women. By the same token, heterosexual men felt that if they practiced homosexuality with other men this would destroy what they think is their image in the eyes of their women. They think of themselves as existing in the minds of women as master. They think that the idea of their submitting to another man, of being under another man in the act of love, would destory their image in the eyes of women. Men think that women can only experience pleasure in recognizing men as masters.
- from Michel Foucault, Politics, Philosophy, Culture: Interviews and Other Writings, 1977-1984. New York and London: Routledge, 1988. Edited with an introduction by Lawrence D. Kritzman. Trans. by Alan Sheridan and others. Interview by James O'Higgins. 299-300.