Whistling Women: A Study of the Lives of Older Lesbians

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Whistling Women: A Study of the Lives of Older Lesbians is a collection of the life experiences of forty-four lesbians between sixty-two and eighty-two years of age. This first-person view of lesbian history documents the struggles and achievements of the women who lived it. In these captivating interviews, aging yet vital women share their memories, feelings, and thoughts on a multitude of life experiences ranging from growing up during the Depression and World War II to the realities of retirement and old age at the height of the gay liberation movement.
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Ellen D.B. Riggle
FASCINATING-these are the stories of the lives of 44 lesbians with decades of experience to share. These stories are the herstory that is often ignored or passed over. These are the stories of 'ordinary' lesbians, but they are not trivial stories. Cheryl Claassen does a public service by bringing us these stories, honoring the past, and helping to increase our understanding of the present and future for 'whistling women.' The stories illuminate a broad range of experiences in lesbian lives, from identity formation and relationships, to financial decision-making and retirement planning.
PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of Women's Studies, University of Kentucky
Linda Garnets
This book is ORIGINAL, ILLUMINATING, AND ACCESSIBLE-AND HARD TO PUT DOWN! Any reader will come away with broadened vision and deepened understanding of the issues facing older lesbians. The author beautifully weaves together the life stories of 44 upper middle and upper class lesbians over the age of 60. The book explores their lives chronologically, from a wide range of lifespan issues, including family backgrounds, marriage and family, coming out, lesbian relationships and sexuality, work and financial issues, lesbian politics, communities, and retirement issues. The author integrates the stories with scholarly historical, political, and sociocultural analyses to place their life experiences in context and to help the reader understand the social forces that impacted their lives. We learn so much about the unique social and psychological factors that shaped how these women identified themselves and constructed their lives.
PhD, Affiliated Professor (psychology, women's studies, LGBT studies), UCLA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789024121
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Gerontology and Women Series
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Narrators and Friends
The Study Sample
The Historic Setting of the Narrators
Previous Studies of Gay Women
Whistling Women Statistics
Writing This Book

Chapter 2. Coming to Be
Family Situations
Tales of Moms and Dads
Leaving Home

Chapter 3. Marriage and Families
Dating Men

Chapter 4. Lesbian Lives
Overview of Lesbian History in the United States
Coming to Recognition
Coming Out
Narrators’ Tales of Coming Out

Chapter 5. Work and Money
Women, Money, and Men
Careers and Jobs
Financial Education

Chapter 6. Life After Sixty
The Decision to Retire
Financing Retirement
Lesbian Communities
Retirement Activities
Plans for Self, Partners, and Families

Chapter 7. Words and Us
Being Wordless
Learning Words
Other People’s Words
Coming Out

Chapter 8. Lesbian Spaces, Gay Faces
Greenwich Village
The Subculture of Lesbian/Mixed Gay Bars
Contributions to a History of Lesbian Places and Communities in America
Gay Community?

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