Lesbian Ex-Lovers: The Really Long-Term Relationships

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Lesbian Ex-Lovers: The Really Long-Term Relationships examines the need for the development of better understanding and more critical analysis of lesbian ex-lover relationships. This eye-opening look into the minds and hearts of women offers personal insight into the possibilities for and potential pitfalls of lesbian ex-lover relations. This book contains personal stories, fictional accounts, poetry, and theoretical analyses of the frequency and significance of ex-lovers at different stages in a relationship. ...

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Overview

Lesbian Ex-Lovers: The Really Long-Term Relationships examines the need for the development of better understanding and more critical analysis of lesbian ex-lover relationships. This eye-opening look into the minds and hearts of women offers personal insight into the possibilities for and potential pitfalls of lesbian ex-lover relations. This book contains personal stories, fictional accounts, poetry, and theoretical analyses of the frequency and significance of ex-lovers at different stages in a relationship. Topics of interest in Lesbian Ex-Lovers include: the roles ex-lovers play in our lives ex-lovers as contexts for change and development how we continue to be influenced by ex-lovers letting go and moving on ex-lovers as current friends and family themes of betrayal and loss of faith reconstructing friendships and community the mystique of the ex-lover friend/family connections among lesbian ex-lovers "Rather than totally scrap a relationship, we recycle it-from lover to ex-lover to friend in a relatively short half-life." Lesbian Ex-Lovers is the only book in print that explores how a lesbian's ex-lovers impact her subsequent romances and lifestyle. This special collection adds a new dynamic to the current literature for and about the lesbian community. Lesbian Ex-Lovers offers advice, anecdotes, and interpretations from such authors, poetesses, and artists as: Michelle Gibson, PhD-educator and editor of Femme/Butch: New Considerations of the Way We Want to Go- who says goodbye to her lover in a sad, passionate elegy Marny Hall-Psychotherapist, editor of the anthology Sexualities, and author of several books, including The Lavender Couch: A Consumer's Guide to Psychotherapy for Lesbians and Gay Men-who muses on the unique bonding between lesbians and their ex-lovers, lending a mystique that surrounds the lesbian lifestyle Alison Bechdel-creator of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For-who presents a humorous comic str

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Table of Contents

Lesbian ex-lover relationships : under-estimated, under-theorized and under-valued? 1
To all the girls I left before 11
Tenth anniversary 13
Coming out of my closet 21
In my dream : my ex-lovers' unconventional convention 25
These most difficult tasks 31
Passion 33
Still the one 37
Loading up the U-Haul : traveling the spaces between friends and lovers 45
Daring to take the risk 57
Family affairs 73
Highly favored ex 75
For Emily, many years too late/years later, in another city, I still think of her 79
Truth, dreams and the li(v)es between 85
Temporary temptation 87
Lost love 89
Neurotic love letters 93
Goodbye note to my lover 97
Leaving Liza 99
Lesbian ex-lovers by the numbers : a reflective but not contemplative love poem of sorts 111
I'm not Lisa 117
The house on Transcript Avenue 129
The politics of potlucks 135
Family doggerel 141
The visit 145
Irritating and constricting/elating and elastic - being "ex" as a lesbian 149
Consummated friends and ex-wives : two types of lesbian ex-lovers 159
When three's a crowd : ex-lovers and lesbian families in 2 girls in love 165
Making the transition : understanding the longevity of lesbian relationships 177
Lesbian FLEX-ibility : friend and/or family connections among lesbian ex-lovers 193
The migration of the mythic lesbian 241
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