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This notion became an important one in lesbian feminismeven as it was highly controversial: Since feminism provided such a homosocial space for women, might the idea of a lesbian continuum simply be used rhetorically in ways that serve no political purpose for a lesbian critique of the hegemony of straight feminism?
In an Afterword to her original essay Rich defends the concept of a lesbian continuum, even though she agrees it can be misused to suggest that lesbianism as a sexual choice is inseparable from female friendship and that heterosexual relationships are inseparable from rape.
She also recognizes the ways in which it might conveniently be hijacked by heterosexual feminists who have not yet begun to examine the privileges and solipsisms of heterosexuality, as a safe way to describe their felt connections with women, without having to share in the risks and threats of lesbian existence.
They use this image to argue that unless women divert all their energies towards other women there can be no shift in current relations between the sexes. Writing inJill Johnston is clearly grasping a notion similar to the lesbian continuum, which is also a concept that might release lesbians from the taint of being only to do with sexuality: The word lesbian has expanded so much through political definition that it should no longer refer exclusively to a woman simply in a sexual relation to another woman.
The word has in fact had pornographic implications as though lesbian was a woman who did nothing but enjoy sex, an implication employed as a tool of discrimination.
The word is now a generic term signifying activism and resistance and the envisioned goal of a woman committed state. Rich might have also intended to provide a point of connection, a shared history, in a movement riven by identity politics.
In common with RadicalesbiansRich prioritises all communication with women, implying that men are incapable of being nurturant or supportive or able to sustain close friendships with men.
Her model of male power accords completely with a traditional radical feminist definition of patriarchy and perhaps in this context slips into cultural feminism. During the late s debates about the politics of sexual role-play within lesbianism were debated hotly.
Her view of sexual role-play in the s is of showy resistance, the denial of invisibility, and her work, like that of queer theorist Judith Butlerhonours the performativity involved in playing with gender. This lays the ground for Richwhereas both Jeffreys and Nestle offer totally different visions of a lesbian politics beyond the lesbian continuum.
Butler or Fuss provide the queer inflection on lesbian politics.Article PDF. Introduction. The early s marked the first publications both in English studies and communication studies to address lesbian and gay issues.
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