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LITERARY LESBIANS  // Browsing posts in LITERARY LESBIANS

Need a Lift?

Need a Lift?

I eagerly watched a late night PBS show about television comediennes (no we don’t really need a feminization of the word comedian), happy to catch a glimpse the classic bits of humour that filled the airwaves as I was coming of age. Carol Burnett’s parody of Gone With The Wind in which she wears curtains […]

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20 Feb Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Michael Sam and the Meaning of Masculinity

Michael Sam and the Meaning of Masculinity

If an out gay man can be in a football locker room the question isn’t: should the guys hide their junk—the real question is what is masculinity? How much of that destructive, artificial construction will we continue to abide by? Men who work in jobs that depend heavily on the myths of masculinity are always […]

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19 Feb Posted by in • Lee Lynch | 2 comments

From The Brakettes to Gay Games to Sochi

From The Brakettes to Gay Games to Sochi

We’re glazed in, said a neighbor. Ice, freezing rain, snow, winds. The streets are sheathed in a thin, treacherous layer of ice. In the yard the fat little dog crunches through the ice, then sinks into snow, one paw, two paws, three paws, four. In Sochi, Russia, the Winter Olympics go gayly forward. Heck, they […]

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18 Dec Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Pratibha Parmar’s Film ‘Beauty in Truth’

Pratibha Parmar’s Film ‘Beauty in Truth’

Pratibha Parmar’s new documentary about Alice Walker opens with visuals from the rural, poor South of her birth.  The tattered shacks, frayed and proud people are not what we (non-Southerners) associate with the 20th century.  The film and those images remind us that Walker is one of the most phenomenal literary figures in that 20th […]

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07 Nov Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Sandra Bullock Gets Fetal in ‘Gravity’

Sandra Bullock Gets Fetal in ‘Gravity’

Sometimes movie fans can be a big disappointment. I thoroughly enjoyed the film “Gravity” with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney for a lot of reasons: likeable stars, great visuals (especially a truly toned Bullock in her astronaut underwear), a tension-filled story and most importantly a moving emotional evolution for a female character. Most of the […]

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22 Oct Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Shedding Couture

Shedding Couture

Shedding Couture

Females go through life shedding our clothes, ecdysiasts or not.  We add and subtract clothes usually based on the vagaries of the male-dominated design industry, which set the standards for the images we absorb through television and films.  These ‘ideals’ are then indiscriminately reinforced by our family and friends.  And that is not to mention […]

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02 Oct Posted by in • Wallis Stern | 17 comments

The Yom Kippur Passion

The Yom Kippur Passion

Aaron and Sylvie Stern had a secret. They had a fine house and a trim lawn, they had social standing, they had a sterling country club. They even had a nice credit rating, but with all this they had a secret, too, and one day it sought expression. Secrets do that, like great love affairs […]

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17 Sep Posted by in • Lee Lynch | Comments Off on Carol Seajay, Lesbian Literary Legend

Carol Seajay, Lesbian Literary Legend

Carol Seajay, Lesbian Literary Legend

Dear Carol: It’s been so long! Of all my old friends, you are one I think of most. I am reminded of you: you will appear at the Lesbian Oral Herstory Project symposium this year, Celebrating Our Lesbian Legacies October 10-13, 2013, in Houston Texas. I’ll be on the East Coast those days, officiating, to […]

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12 Sep Posted by in • Rachel Wahba | 1 comment

Under the Chuppa – the Persian ‘Revolt’ in LA

Under the Chuppa – the Persian ‘Revolt’ in LA

The day after DOMA was overturned, Los Angeles Rabbi David Wolpe, announced that he will be performing same-sex marriages in his synagogue, Temple Sinai. The Rabbi upset enough of the thousand strong Persian congregants of his high-profile Conservative Synagogue, to warrant a front-page article in the New York Times citing a “revolt” in the congregation. […]

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Care To Speculate?

Care To Speculate?

Apparently the clitoris was a scientific mystery until recently…or at least this post I found on FB says so: until-2009-the-human-clitoris-was-an-absolute-mystery. I guess it shouldn’t really be a surprise since much knowledge held by the western medical establishment can be parochial at best and misogynist in general. How we—women and men and those along that spectrum—are […]

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