An Intimacy of Equals: Lesbian Feminist Ethics, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

An Intimacy of Equals

Lesbian Feminist Ethics, 1st Edition


157 pages

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Paperback: 9781560238812
pub: 1996-04-23
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At a time when increasing numbers of lesbians have learned that therapy doesn’t work, religion may not be a haven, and even cinema is problematic, this book presents an exciting way forward.

Readers find in An Intimacy of Equals an accessibly written blend of intellectually challenging theory alongside autobiographical narrative. Reading this anthology is intended to be, very like the editing process which created it, a means of pulling together the diverse strands of lesbian strategies for coping with marginalization from the mainstream.

Essays by activists, academics, fiction writers, film theorists, clerics, and agnostics include Julia Penelope on “femininity,” Rabbi Sheila Shulman and lapsed Catholic writer Patricia Duncker on feminism and the Bible, Celia Kitzinger on the misuse of psychology, Anna Livia on the meaning of gossip, and much more.

Table of Contents

Contents Marginalising the Mainstream?: An Introduction

  • With Gossip Aforethought
  • The Betrayer and the Betrayed
  • Some Thoughts on Biblical Prophecy and Feminist Vision
  • Heteropatriarchal Language: The Case Against “Homophobia”
  • Bad Language
  • They Didn’t Know What to Say to Me
  • Worlds Apart: Madness and Able-minded Assumptions
  • From an Eroticism of Difference to an Intimacy of Equals:A Radical Feminist Lesbian Separatist Perspective on Sexuality
  • Black Codes: The Misrepresentation of Black Lesbians in Film
  • Lesbians of the Mainscreen
  • The Psychologisation of Lesbian Relationships: The Case Against “Merger”
  • Passing Lesbians: The High Cost of Femininity

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Ethics & Professional Responsibility
RELIGION / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies