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For Lesbians Only: A Separatist Anthology

For Lesbians Only: A Separatist AnthologyLucia Hoagland and Julia PenelopeOnlywomen Press1988

This anthology includes essays by over 70 contributors: novelists, musicians, poets, philosophers, academics and seriously, rowdy dykes who document 20 years of lesbian activism.

Political fervour; autobiographical insight; theoretical analyses; philosophical treatises; short stories; poetry; together these radical voices add up to a declaration of the necessity for, and a vision of, lesbian civilization.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction / Sarah Lucia Hoagland
  2. The woman identified woman / Radicalesbians, 1970
  3. How to stop choking to death or: separatism / Revolutionary Lesbians
  4. The furies / Ginny Berson, 1972
  5. Over the walls, separatism / Gutter Dyke Collective, 1973
  6. Separatism / Alice, Gordon Debbie, and Mary, 1973
  7. Directions / Alice Gordon, Debbie and Mary, 1973
  8. Lesbian separatism: the linguistic and social sources of separatist politics / Julia Penelope, 1974
  9. A cursory and precursory history of language, and the telling of it / Julia Penelope, 1976
  10. Some reflections on separatism and power / Marilyn Frye, 1977
  11. Lesbian separatist basics / K. Hess, Jean Langford, and Kathy Ross, 1980
  12. Female only / Bev Jo, 1981
  13. Freedom / Redwomon, 1981
  14. A black separatist / Anna Lee, 1981
  15. Lesbian Separatist statement from the colsing sessiof the Jewish feminist conference, held in San Francisco May, 1982
  16. Relating to dyke spsaratists: hints for the non-separatist lesbian / Marty with help of the dykes of S.E.P.S., 1983
  17. The evolution of lesbian separatist consciousness / Sidney Spinster, 1982
  18. Comparative separatism / K. Hess, Jean Langford, and Kathy Ross, 1980
  19. Lesbian separatism: a historical and comparative perspective / Bette S. Tallen, 1983
  20. It has to do with apples / Sarah Grace, 1981
  21. The issue is woman identitfication / Margaret Sloan Hunter, 1976
  22. Owning Jewish separatism and lesbian separatism / Billie Luisi Potts, 1982
  23. Matriarchy: a guide to the future? / Carol (Murf) Moorefield and Kathleen Valentine, 1983
  24. Gum Lin and Loy Yi Young / Kathy Munzer, 1982
  25. Finally out of drag / Gutter Dyke Collective, 1973
  26. They tried to make it personal / Revolutionary Lesbians, 1971
  27. Fear / Vivenne Louise, 1983
  28. Three Chinese Womyn / Lola Lai Jong, 1981
  29. Be-friending: the lust to share happiness / Mary Daly, 1984
  30. An invitation / Sarah Lucia Hoagland, 1983
  31. Expatriate / zana, 1981
  32. Separatist symposium / Liza Cowan, 1978
  33. Response by Penny House / Penny House, 1978
  34. I know I take a chance in forming words into meaning: a leap over wild waters. Or, talking myself into getting a haircut / Susan, 1982
  35. An interview with a separatist, January 23, 1983 / iandras moontree
  36. Our of the bedroom / Jorika Anna, 1982
  37. Risk / Sarah Valentine, 1982
  38. Album liner notes from a lesbian portrait / Linda Shear, 1977, ed. Sid Spencer; Family of woman, 1972
  39. Battle fatigue … / Revolutionary Lesbians
  40. On separatism and the perils of having a man around the house / Anita Cornwell, 1982
  41. Gut feelings / Gutter Dyke Collective, 1973
  42. One more contradiction / Naomi DykeStein, 1983
  43. Some thoughts on separatism / Sarah Grace, 1982
  44. X-tra insights / flying thunda cloud, rdoc, 1982
  45. Why be separatists? Expolring women-only energy, Alix Dobkin, 1982
  46. To rose / Vernita Gray, 1983
  47. The ancient matriarchy of Atlantis / Juana María Paz, 1981
  48. Lesbian mothers / Alice, Gordon, Debbie, and Mary, 1973
  49. Additions to the 1st printing of lesbian separatism: an Amazon analysis / Alice, Gordon, Debbie, and Mary, 1974
  50. Where the boys aren’t!! / Nancy Breeze, 1982
  51. The tired old question of male children / Anna Lee, 1983
  52. For women who call themselve lesbians _ are you thinking of getting pregnant? / Bev Jo, 1984
  53. We have to ask the question: what is happening? / Baba Cooper, 1981
  54. In the drean / Jan Hardy, 1981
  55. Remembering: a time I will be my own beginning / Jeffner Allen, 1982
  56. This is the year to stamp out the ‘Y’ chromosome / Gutter Dyke Collective, 1973
  57. The workshop / Sylvia Foley, 1981
  58. Popular separatist-baiting quotes and some separatist responses / Marty with help from the dykes of S.E.P.S., 1983
  59. Coming out queer and brown / Naomi Littlebear Morena, 1981
  60. The awakening / Lee Lynch, 1982
  61. C.L.I.T. Statement #2 / C.L.I.T. Collective, 1974
  62. Spearation: room of one’s own / Mary Daly, 1978
  63. The agent within / oedipussy tudée (of the C.L.I.T. collective), 1974
  64. Problems of our movement / Alice, Gordon, Debbie, and Mary, 1973
  65. Response by the Gogons / Gorgons, 1978
  66. In defense of lesbian separatism: a response to the Combahee River Collective statement on lesbian separatism / Doreen Worden and Isabel Andrews, 1981
  67. Trying hard to forfeit all I’ve known / killa-man (of the C.L.I.T. Collective), 1974
  68. Lesbian feminist separatism: radical new beginnings / Anne E. Schulherr Waters, 1982
  69. The straight mind / Monique Witting / 1980
  70. One is not born a woman / Monique Witting, 1981
  71. Separatism and radicalism / Ariane Brudet and Louise Turcotte, 1982
  72. Splits in French feminism/lesbianism / Marthe Rosenfeld, 1986
  73. Motherhood / Claudie Lesselier, 1981
  74. Feminism and radical lesbianism / Claudie Graziella, Irene Martine, and Franc̦oise, 1981
  75. How gay to be ‘different’! / Isabel Dargent, 1981
  76. Leaflet handed out at an abortion demonstration in Brussels, 3rd October 1981
  77. Warning! Heterosexuality may damage your health! / Vanille-Fraise, 1981
  78. The mind-drifting islands / Micheline Grimard-Leduc, 1982
  79. Separatist / Caryatis Cardea, 1984
  80. They mystery of lesbians / Julia Penelope, 1984
  81. Journal entry / Elana Dykewomon, 1981