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History Law Lesbian

Parker and Hulme: a Lesbian View

Parker and Hulme: a Lesbian View Julie Glamuzina and Alison J. Laurie Auckland, New Women’s Press 1991 Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker were teenagers in New Zealand, ages 15 and 16, when in June 1954 they killed Pauline’s mother. The murder resulted in a sensational court case, extensive local and international media coverage, and a…

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History Lesbian Political Lesbianism Pornography

The Lesbian Heresy: a Feminist Perspective on the Lesbian Sexual Revolution

The Lesbian Heresy: a Feminist Perspectiveon the Lesbian Sexual Revolution Sheila Jeffreys Spinifex 1993 Once, lesbian feminists transformed lesbians from a stigmatized sexual practice into a political practice that posed a challenge to male supremacy and its basic institution of heterosexuality. Lesbian feminism sought to overturn the sexual system of male dominance and female submission.…

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Friendship History Lesbian

Surpassing the Love of Men

Surpassing the Love of Men Lillian Faderman William Morrow & Company 1981 Faderman takes a look at the traditional view of lesbianism, drawing on love letters, trial records, pornography and the ‘experts’ proclamations, and shows how shifting theories of female sexuality makes some things acceptable and others taboo. Surpassing the Love of Men is an…

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Lesbian Poetry Women of Colour

Movement in Black

Movement in Black Pat Parker Diana Press 1978 Movement In Black is a collection of poetry by Black lesbian feminist Pat Parker. The poems featured in the collection center around Parker’s experiences as a Black woman, lesbian, feminist, mother, writer, poet, and activist.  From Wikipedia: The collection was originally published by Diana Press in 1978.…

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History Lesbian Spirituality

Another Mother Tongue

Another Mother Tongue Judy Grahn Beacon Press 1984 In this view of gay culture and its role in society, the author weaves history with myth, tribal traditions with the occult, and interviews with personal experience to unfold the rich pattern of gay life that has existed from ancient times to the present. Spanning centuries and…

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Lesbian Poetry

A Woman Is Talking To Death

A Woman Is Talking To Death Judy Grahn The Women’s Press Collective 1974 A 1974 long poem by Judy Grahn, the internationally-known lesbian poet, author, and cultural theorist who established the Oakland-based Women’s Press Collective in 1969.  The first woman ever I kissed was Josie, who I had loved at such a distance for months.…

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Essays Lesbian Political Lesbianism

Call Me Lesbian: Lesbian Lives, Lesbian Theory

Call Me Lesbian: Lesbian Lives,Lesbian Theory Julia Penelope Crossing Press 1992 A collection of essays by lesbian feminist Julia Penelope. According to Sarah Hoagland, Julia Penelope’s books were written specifically to “put lesbian voices out there, enabling us to question what we’d internalized from heteropatriarchy and to develop lesbian meaning.” Hoagland refers to Julia Penelope as…

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Collection Essays Latina Lesbian

Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About

Chicana Lesbians: The Girls OurMothers Warned Us About Carla Trujillo Third Woman Press 1991 An anthology of poetry, stories, and essays that addresses Chicanas in society, culture, and relationships with other women and themselves. Chicana Lesbians is a love poem, a bible, a dictionary, nothing so simple as a manifesto–this book is yet another reason…

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Essays Jewish Lesbian Poetry

Blood Bread & Poetry: Selected Prose 1979 -1985

Blood Bread & Poetry: Selected Prose 1979 -1985 Adrienne Rich WW Norton & Company 1986 Examining the connections between history and the imagination, ethics and action, Adrienne Rich explores the possible meanings of being white, female, lesbian, Jewish, and a United States citizen, both at this particular time and through the lens of the past.…

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Lesbian Women of Colour

We Cannot Live Without Our Lives

We Cannot Live Without Our Lives Barbara Deming Grossman Publishers 1974 Activist-writer Barbara Deming reveals her deeply personal struggles as she confronts the problems of the 1970s: the Vietnam war, racial inequality, the never-ending battle of women against oppression, and her special experience as a lesbian. In 1979, women activists responding to the murders of…