Studying “Whiteness”

WHITE, WHITER, AND ”WHITENESS” The study of “whiteness” is a newly emerged field of scholarship, only about ten to fifteen years old.  One if its leading scholars, Richard Dyer, expressed concern about even embarking upon such an enterprise for, after all, isn’t the...

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...

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