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1st Edition

Lesbians Over 60 Speak for Themselves

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ISBN 9780918393555
Published January 26, 1989 by Routledge
111 Pages

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Book Description

This pioneering effort is the first attempt to reach a nationwide representation of lesbian elders in order to understand this deeply hidden segment of our population. The women in Lesbians Over 60 Speak for Themselves candidly describe their necessarily secret lives in a hostile society--how they feel about being “different,” how they cope with the homophobia that surrounds them, their most pressing problems, how aging has affected them, as well as the most intriguing topic: their sexual behavior--as it was in their youth and as it is now. This powerful book provides fascinating demographics about this previously neglected group of women and thoroughly explores their intimate thoughts and feelings about aging and lesbianism.

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction

  • Chapter 1: The Project
  • History
  • Purpose
  • Method
  • The Questionnaire
  • Research Limitations
  • Research Prior to 1980
  • The Future of Elder-Lesbian Research
  • Chapter 2: The Background (1900-1950)
  • Growing Up
  • Careers
  • Butch/Femme Roles
  • Gay Bars
  • Lesbians in the Military
  • Closeted and Surviving
  • Coming Out
  • A Personal Note
  • Chapter 3: Family and Other Social Relationships
  • With Parents and Siblings
  • With Children
  • With Husbands
  • With Other Men and Women
  • Senior Centers
  • Informal Gatherings
  • Lesbian and Gay Organizations for Seniors
  • Loneliness and Isolation
  • Age Mates
  • Retirement
  • Community Living
  • Life Satisfaction
  • Chapter 4: Lesbian Relationships and Homosexuality
  • Before and After 60
  • Lesbian Identity and Sex
  • Bisexuality
  • Couples
  • Chapter 5: The Present: Growing Old (1950-1980)
  • Physical Health
  • Ill Health and Dependency
  • Emotional Health
  • Attitudes Toward Lesbianism and Aging
  • Chapter 6: Lesbians and Gay Men Over 60
  • Difficulties of Comparison: The Berger and Kehoe Studies
  • Difference in Method
  • Difference in Subjects' Living Situations
  • Difference in Marital Status
  • Difference in Educational Background
  • Difference in Incomes
  • Difference in Psychological and Social Adaptation
  • Conclusion: A Profile of the 60-Plus Lesbian of This Study
  • Summary
  • Appendix
  • Description of Course on “Lesbian and Gay Aging”
  • Evaluation Report
  • Preliminary Report
  • Questionnaire
  • Reference Notes Included

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