Lesbian Culture

LESBIANS IN CULTURE In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation. Simone de Beauvoir There is a historical coincidence...

Gay Liberation Movement

OUT OF THE CLOSET From the end of the nineteenth century on, homosexuals were put firmly “in the closet.”  The “Closet” is a metaphor for “silence” about one’s forbidden sexual identity and one’s forbidden sexual longings.  Fear of social disapproval and, perhaps even...

The History of Sexuality, Part One

CREATING HOMOSEXUALITY “Chick equals nigger equals queer.  Think it over.”                                                                                 Unattributed quote  Homosexuality In his 1980s series of books on human (mostly male) sexuality, the French...

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