We, Too, Must Love

Overview

Three years after We Walk Alone, Ann Aldrich expands on her journalistic portraits of lesbian subcultures in and around New York to include: class questions; the diverse jobs lesbians held; social cliques; differences among the “Village,” “Uptown,” and Brooklyn communities; and hints at the growing consciousness that would fuel later lesbian and gay rights movements. The sequel closes with sample letters from the six hundred written to Aldrich after We Walk Alone was published.

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Overview

Three years after We Walk Alone, Ann Aldrich expands on her journalistic portraits of lesbian subcultures in and around New York to include: class questions; the diverse jobs lesbians held; social cliques; differences among the “Village,” “Uptown,” and Brooklyn communities; and hints at the growing consciousness that would fuel later lesbian and gay rights movements. The sequel closes with sample letters from the six hundred written to Aldrich after We Walk Alone was published.

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With the bomb exploded by Alfred Kinsey's 1948 report on male sexuality and its 1953 female counterpart, the previously taboo topic of homosexuality was pushed to the forefront. Aldrich, whose real name was Marijane Meaker, piggybacked on Kinsey's findings with these two volumes on her life as a lesbian in New York City. We Walk Alone (1955) was a matter-of-fact look at lesbian society that shunned all the racy nonsense she featured in several of her hard-boiled novels written under pseudonyms. Aldrich followed up with more in 1958's We, Too. These editions sport new intros by the author and new afterwords by scholar Stephanie Foote. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558615274
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Pages: 185
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction to the 2006 Edition   Marijane Meaker     vii
Foreword   Ann Aldrich     xi
Togetherness...The Dress, Humor, Vocabulary of the Lesbian; the Cliques     1
A Girl "Comes Out"...Three Very Different Girls Become Lesbians in Three Very Different Cliques     10
Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man?...The Low-Life Clique     24
The Circle in the Square...The Greenwich Village Clique     33
The Girl in the Brooks Brothers Shirt...The Uptown Clique     43
The Very Gay, Come-What-May Places...A Night in the Bars     53
Sisters in the Sun...Fire Island, the Hamptons, Riis Park     67
Liquor is Quicker...Why They Drink     80
The Fifty-Minute Power...Lesbians on the Couch     88
The Men in Their Lives...Joe and Rodger, Howie and Lou     94
My Husband Says...Married Lesbians     104
A Catered Affair...A Party Uptown-One Hundred Women and a Man     121
Hands-Around...The Paul Jones Ephemeralness of Lesbians     128
Old Soldiers Never Die...Lesbians in Their Old Age     133
Dear Ann Aldrich The Reader Writes     142
A Final Word...     153
Afterword: Productive Contradictions   Stephanie Foote     159
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