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Lillian Faderman tells the compelling story of lesbian life in the 20th century, from the early 1900s to today's diverse lifestyles. Using journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and numerous interviews, she relates an often surprising narrative of lesbian life.
"A key work...the point of reference from which all subsequent studies of 20th-century lesbian life in the United States will begin."—San Francisco Examiner.
Faderman tells the compelling story of lesbian life in the 20th century, from the early 1900s to today's diverse lifestyles. Using journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and numerous interviews, she relates an often surprising narrative of lesbian life. 16 pages of photos. "Engaging . . . compelling . . . poignant and moving . . ".--The Los Angeles Times Book Review.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -361) and index.
Table of Contents
1. "The Loves of Women for Each Other": "Romantic Friends" in the Twentieth Century
The Educated "Spinster"
The Metamorphosis of Romantic Friendship
"Poets and Lovers Evermore"
Lesbian Sex Between "Devoted Companions"
2. A Worm in the Bud: The Early Sexologists and Love Between Women
Sexual Inversion and "Masculine" or Transvestite Women
Feminists as Sexual Freaks
The Attack on "Romantic Friendship"
The Dissemination of Knowledge Through Fiction
Why Some Lesbians Accepted the Congenital Invert Theory
3. Lesbian Chic: Experimentation and Repression in the 1920s
The Roots of Bisexual Experimentation
White "Slumming" in Harlem
Black Lesbians in Harlem
A Note on Working-Class Lesbian Communities Elsewhere in America
Lesbians in Bohemia
The Heterosexual Revolution and the Lesbian in the Woodpile
4. Wastelands and Oases: The 1930s
Kinder, Küche, Kirche and the "Bisexual" Compromise
The View from the Outside
"In the Life"
Lesbian Sex in the 1930s
5. "Naked Amazons and Queer Damozels": World War II and Its Aftermath
Armies of Lovers
A "Government-Sponsored" Subculture
The Heyday of the Lesbian "Sicko"
Curing Lesbians on the Couch
6. The Love that Dares Not Speak Its Name: McCarthyism and Its Legacy
"Are You or Have You Even Been a Member of a Lesbian Relationship?"
War in the Cold War Years: The Military Witch-Hunts
A Sad Legacy
7. Butches, Femmes, and Kikis: Creating Lesbian Subcultures in the 1950s and '60s
Working-Class and Young Lesbians: The Gay Bars
Working-Class and Young Lesbians: Butch/Femme Roles
"Kiki" Lesbians: The Upper and Middle Classes and Subculture Clashes
8. "Not a Public Relations Movement": Lesbian Revolutions in the 1960s Through '70s
The Gay Revolution: Quiet Beginnings
The Gay Revolution: Explosion
Love Between Women in a New Light
The Lesbian-Feminist Revolution
Splits, Coalitions, and Resolutions
9. Lesbian Nation: Creating a Women-Identified-Women Community in the 1970s
Blueprints for a Lesbian-Feminist Culture
Culture-Building: The Media
Taking Care of Our Own: Body and Soul
Being "Politically Correct"
Factions and Battles
10. Lesbian Sex Wars in the 1980s
Lesbian Sex and the Cultural Feminists
The Struggle to Be Sexually Adventurous
The Attraction of "Opposites"
11. From Tower of Babel to Community: Lesbian Life in the 1980s
The Shift to Moderation
Validation of Diversity
A Note on the '90s: Queer Nation?
Epilogue: Social Constructions and the Metamorphoses of Love Between Women