The Politics of Lesbianism

Discover feminist texts on the politics of lesbianism written between 1965-1995.

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…

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.…

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…

Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution

Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution Jill Johnston Simon & Schuster 1973 Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution is a 1973 book by the radical lesbian feminist author and cultural critic Jill Johnston. The book was originally published as a series of essays featured in The Village Voice from 1969 to 1972. This collection of essays was an important early manifesto…

Black Lesbians: An Annotated Bibliography

Black Lesbians: An AnnotatedBibliography J.R. Roberts Naiad Press 1981 An annotated list of writing by and about black lesbians, compiled by J.R. Roberts. The information is categorised by the following themes:… Lives and lifestyles… Oppression, resistance, and liberation… Literature and criticism… Photographs… Music and musicians… Periodicals… Research, reference, and popular studies

Black Lesbian In White America

Black Lesbian In White America Anita Cornwell Naiad Press 1983 Published in 1983, Black Lesbian in White America is widely noted as the first collection of essays by a black lesbian. Divided into three parts, this book features Anita Cornwell’s own essays, an interview with Audre Lorde, and a collection of autobiographical pieces written in the third…

Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology

Home Girls: A BlackFeminist Anthology Barbara Smith Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press 1983 The pioneering anthology Home Girls, edited by Barbara Smith, features writings by Black feminists and lesbian activists on topics both provocative and profound. Since its initial publication in 1983, it has become an essential text on Black women’s lives and writings. From Wikipedia:…

A Restricted Country

A Restricted Country Joan Nestle Firebrand Books 1987 This is the autobiography of Joan Nestle, working-class Jewish lesbian, writer, teacher, activist and co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives in New York City. A proud working class woman, an “out” lesbian long before the Rainbow revolution, Joan Nestle has stood at the forefront of American freedom…

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Audre Lorde Crossing Press 1982 From Wikipedia: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches is a collection of essential essays and speeches written by Audre Lorde, a woman who wrote from the particulars of her identity: Black woman, lesbian, poet, activist, cancer survivor, mother, and feminist writer. This collection, now considered a classic volume, of Lorde’s…

Amazon Odyssey

Amazon Odyssey Ti-Grace Atkinson Links Books 1974 This collection of Atkinson’s writings is comprised mostly of adapted versions of lectures delivered around the country between 1968 and 1972. In these incendiary lectures Atkinson argues for radical feminist positions on a wide range of issues, including marriage, love, abortion, lesbianism, and the role of older women…

Sexual Practice, Textual Theory: Lesbian Cultural Criticism

Sexual Practice, TextualTheory: Lesbian CulturalCriticism Susan J. Wolfe,Julia Penelope (eds) Blackwell 1993 This powerful and empowering anthology marks the coming of age of lesbian criticism and theory – the energizing spirit behind much of the most exciting feminist writing today, and a vital force within cultural and textual studies more generally. Gathering together lesbian writers…

Lesbian Philosophy: Explorations

Lesbian Philosophy: Explorations Jeffner Allen Institute of Lesbian Studies 1986 From the Preface: Lesbian Philosophy evokes the intensity of lesbian passions, which jolt the patriarchal order. My desire to know the worlds of my experience breaks with their more than two thousand year absence in Western philosophy. In the sensuous ambience of a new exuberance,…

Lesbian Images: Gertrude Stein, Colette, Willa Cather, Elizabeth Bowen, and others

Lesbian Images Jane Rule Doubleday & Company 1975 Believing that love is best described in a work of art, Jane Rule has chosen for this study of lesbianism the work of brilliantly articulate lesbian writers such as Gertrude Stein, Colette, Vita Sachville West and Willa Cather. Her concern is to discover what images of lesbians…

Identity Politics: Lesbian Feminism and the Limits of Community

Identity Politics: Lesbian Feminism and the Limits of Community Shane Phelan Temple University Press 1989 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…

Love Your Enemy? The Debate Between Heterosexual Feminism and Political Lesbianism

Love Your Enemy? The Debate Between Heterosexual Feminism and PoliticalLesbianism Various Onlywomen Press 1981 From the introduction: “We are publishing this pamphlet because we think the discussion among feminists about political lesbianism is important. The Leeds Revolutionary Feminists paper was originally written as a conference paper and then published in WIRES, the internal national newsletter…

Ripening: An Almanac of Lesbian Lore and Vision

Ripening: An Almanac of Lesbian Loreand Vision Lee Lanning, Vernette Hart Iowa City Women’s Press 1981 The Almanac of Lesbian Lore and Vision book includes Ripening: An Almanac of Lesbian Lore and Vision (Volume One), Dreaming: An Almanac of Lesbian Lore and Vision (Volume Two), and Awakening: An Almanac of Lesbian Lore & Vision (Volume…

Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence

Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence Adrienne Rich Onlywomen Press 1981 From Wikipedia: Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence is a 1980 essay by Adrienne Rich, which was also published in her 1986 book Blood, Bread, and Poetry: Selected Prose 1979-1985. Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence is a text that is constructed to think about and inspire change about…

For Lesbians Only: A Separatist Anthology

For Lesbians Only: A Separatist Anthology Lucia Hoagland and Julia Penelope Onlywomen Press 1988 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…

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…

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…

The Spinster and Her Enemies: Feminism and Sexuality 1880–1930

The Spinster and Her Enemies: Feminism and Sexuality 1880–1930 Sheila Jeffreys Pandora 1985 From Wikipedia: The Spinster and Her Enemies: Feminism and Sexuality 1880–1930 is a book by Sheila Jeffreys, in which the author examines feminist involvement in the Social Purity movement, and discusses the change in sexual attitudes that occurred in Britain in the…

Love and Politics: Radical Feminist and Lesbian Theories

Love and Politics: Radical Feministand Lesbian Theories Carol Anne Douglas Pergamon Press 1988 Critical survey of radical and lesbian feminist ideas from the 1960s through the 1980s. Carol Anne Douglas examines diverse theories on the roots of male domination; love and sexuality; lesbianism and friendship between women; lesbian separatism; sadomasochism; strategy and tactics for women’s…

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…