1st Edition

Lesbians and White Privilege

Edited By Andrea L. Dottolo Copyright 2021
    110 Pages
    by Routledge

    110 Pages
    by Routledge

    There are three overarching themes that connect the chapters: interdisciplinarity, intersectionality, and identity. This interdisciplinary compilation includes contributions from scholars in cultural studies, social work, English, psychology, anthropology, and education. Essays include empirical research, making use of both quantitative and qualitative methods as well as personal reflections and interpretation. Each chapter makes central the critical significance of intersectionality, locating privilege and oppression within larger social systems and institutional structures, as an ‘interlocking matrix of relationships.’

    These chapters challenge, recognize, and question whiteness, with the intention that they encourage us to do the same, in our own lives, practices, behaviors, and disciplines. By taking whiteness seriously, we might begin to move toward explicit antiracist efforts, dismantling those structures and hierarchies that enable only some to speak as ‘just humans.’

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies.


    Andrea L. Dottolo

    1. White and Lesbian: Intersections of Privilege and Oppression

    Catherine Crisp

    2. Sustaining White Homonormativity: The Kids Are All Right as Public Pedagogy

    Tammie M. Kennedy

    3. Boston in the 1970s: Is There a Lesbian Community? And if There is, Who is in it?

    Amy Hoffman

    4. The Costume of Shangri-La: Thoughts on White Privilege, Cultural Appropriation, and Anti-Asian Racism

    C. Michelle Kleisath

    5. Being White Helps: Intersections of Self-Concealment, Stigmatization, Identity Formation, And Psychological Distress in Racial and Sexual Minority Women

    Shannon I. McIntyre, Erica A. Antonucci and Sara C. Haden

    6. "The Normative Idea of Queer is a White Person": Understanding Perceptions of White Privilege among Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women of Color in Toronto, Canada

    Carmen H. Logie and Marie-Jolie Rwigema

    7. Complexity Overlooked: Enhancing Cultural Competency in the White Lesbian Counseling Trainee through Education and Supervision

    Deanna N. Davis


    Andrea L. Dottolo is associate professor of psychology at Rhode Island College, Providence, USA. Her research focuses on social identities, and she teaches Gender and Women’s Studies, and Queer Studies. Dottolo’s scholarship on race interrogates white racial identities, including psychological features of whiteness and privilege.