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  • Lesbian Standpoint Harding
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    "Feminism and the Standpoint of Lesbianism" In chapter ten of her text Whose Science Whose Knowledge, Sandra Harding introduces the standpoint of a distinct lesbian epistemology. Her objective is to acknowledge a perspective that will recognize the viewpoint of all women and not just heterosexual women that are seen by the androcentric stipulations as essential or typical. Harding's valuable argument begins with the conceptualization of "what is a lesbian" (Harding, 250): if that is definable in...
  • Lesbian Relationship Between Idgie And Ruth
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    My first impression of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Caf'e was that it was a 'woman's'; novel. This was because the movie, which was more popular than the book, was advertised as a 'chick flick'; . To say the least, I was wrong. The novel poses many issues that face the people of the 1920's and 30's, and makes one think about what people have struggled through. The novel addresses the issue of racism before the time of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. It tells of ...
  • Children Of Gay And Lesbian Parents
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    Lesbian and Gay Parenting. SUMMARY OF RESEARCH FINDINGS Charlotte J. Patterson University of Virginia Like families headed by heterosexual parents, lesbian and gay parents and their children are a diverse group (Martin, 1993). Unlike heterosexual parents and their children, however, lesbian and gay parents and their children are often subject to prejudice because of sexual orientation that turns judges, legislators, professionals, and the public against them, frequently resulting in negative out...
  • Categories Of Gay And Lesbian Literature
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    While sexual difference may not exist between lesbians all other forms of difference do. These include differences of identity: race, class origins, employment status, age, religion, physical abilities - and while we may struggle against these differences within our individual 'spaces' they have a material and institutional reality that cannot be wished away What, to you, seems important about the terms gay and lesbian in literature? In the face of a homophobic society we need creative and criti...
  • Lesbian Couples Like Their Heterosexual Couples
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    Lesbian by Choice There are many labels, names and categories that have been assigned or given to lesbians. What is 'lesbian'? Is it a certain type of woman? Does one lesbian have an identical feature or character as another lesbian? Does a lesbian have something extra or something missing from heterosexual women? This notion that we can classify a human being by their sexual preference is absolutely ludicrous and unsubstantiated! Women are just that, women. Sexual attraction to humans, be it th...
  • Domestic Violence In Lesbian And Hetero Relationships
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    Domestic Violence in Lesbian Relationships (This was written as the final paper for the class "Dynamics and Impact of Domestic Violence, ALDA C 295 at Bellevue Community College, November 26, 1990.) by NightOwl NightOwl 1990 This paper is an attempt to examine domestic violence in lesbian relationships, and the modern response to it, in a social and historical context. I chose to examine domestic violence within lesbian relationships in an attempt to look at violence in relationships outside the...
  • Single Mothers And Lesbian Couples
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    IVF should be made available to any woman who requests it, no matter what her marital status or gender preference". IVF, or In Vitro Fertilisation, is the process where a human egg is fertilized and cultured outside of the human body, and then the embryo is introduced into the uterus. It is a process that is used to treat infertility in women, and at the moment New South Wales has no legislation controlling access to IVF treatment. It's anti discrimination act means that no-one can be denied tre...
  • Grahn Credits Lesbian Poetry
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    Mary J. Carruthers This essay chiefly considers four volumes of poetry, three published in 1978 and one the previous year. They are Adrienne Rich's The Dream of a Common Language, Audre Lorde's The Black Unicorn (which includes poems published earlier in a chapbook called Between Our Selves), Judy Grahn's The Work of a Common Woman (a collection of poems previously published by the Feminist Press Collective of Oakland, California), and Olga Broumas' Beginning With O. Among them, these volumes ar...
  • Lesbian Poet Like Judy Grahn
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    Mary J. Carruthers Judy Grahn (b. 1940) is a love poet too, although her poetry is not particularly erotic. The Work of a Common Woman is sensual, but celebrates sweat and hard work rather than sexual play. Grahn is a "working-class poet", but she is neither a socialist-realist nor a slumming idealist. "Commonness" to her is not a new kind of exclusivity, for her "common woman" is Every woman, that which is ordinary and common and binds women together. She is a love poet in the traditions of Whi...

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