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Identity Politics: Lesbian Feminism and the Limits of Community

Identity Politics: Lesbian Feminism and the Limits of CommunityShane PhelanTemple University Press1989

In tracing how lesbian feminism came to be defined in uneasy relationships with the Women’s Movement and gay rights groups, Shane Phelan explores the tension between liberal ideals of individual rights and tolerance and communitarian ideals of solidarity. The debate over lesbian sadomasochism – an expression of individual choice or pornographic, anti-feminist behaviour? – is considered as a test case.

Table of Contents:

1. Liberalism and its Problems
2. Lesbianism and Medical Discourse
3. The Woman-Identified Woman
4. Definition and Community
5. Pornography: Male Violence and Female Desire
6. Sadomasochism and the Meaning of Feminism
7. The Limits of Community
8. Rethinking Identity Politics