Lesbian Friendships: For Ourselves and Each Other

Lesbian Friendships: For Ourselves and Each Other

by Jacqueline S. Weinstock
     
 

Friends as lovers; lovers as friends; ex-lovers as friends; ex-lovers as family; friends as family; communities of friends; lesbian community. These are just a few of the phrases heard often in the daily discourse of lesbian life. What significance do they have for lesbians? Do lesbians view friends as family and what does this analogy mean? What sorts of

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Friends as lovers; lovers as friends; ex-lovers as friends; ex-lovers as family; friends as family; communities of friends; lesbian community. These are just a few of the phrases heard often in the daily discourse of lesbian life. What significance do they have for lesbians? Do lesbians view friends as family and what does this analogy mean? What sorts of friendships exist between lesbians? What sorts of friendships do lesbians form with non-lesbian women, or with men?

These and other questions regarding the kinds of friendships lesbians imagine and experience have rarely been addressed. Lesbian Friendships focuses on actual accounts of friendships involving lesbians and examines a number of issues, including the transition from friends to lovers and/or lovers to friends, erotic attraction in friendship, diverse identities among lesbians, and friendships across sexuality and/or gender lines.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814774731
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Series:
Cutting Edge: Lesbian Life and Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.97(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1What We Can Be Together: Contemplating Lesbians' Friendships3
2Eco de una Amistad/Echo of a Friendship31
3The Lesbian's Experience of Friendship39
4Heart like a Wheel: A Friendship in Two Voices65
5Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead: Portrait of an Extraordinary Friendship80
6Namaste98
7On the Other Side of Silence107
8Guided Journey: The Road to Myself117
9Celebrating Wild Erotic Friendship: Martha and Marcia125
10Going against the Fold135
11Lesbian-Meets-Christian-Heterosexual-Woman-in-the-Midwest-a nd-They-Become-Lifelong-Friends151
12Friendships between African-American and White Lesbians165
13Well-Worn Conversations192
14Negotiating Difference: The Friendship of a Lesbian-Identified Woman and a Heterosexual Man205
15Uncommon Kin225
16Friendships between Lesbian and Heterosexual Women249
17Pat T. Bunny Meets Lynnepig251
18Deeper than Biology255
19Portrait of Skinny and Me259
20Cindy266
21A Significant Friend273
22A Lesbian Love Story277
23Lesbian Friendships Create Lesbian Community288
24Toward a Politics of Lesbian Friendship295
Contributors301

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