The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture (SUNY series in Queer Politics and Cultures)

The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture (SUNY series in Queer Politics and Cultures) Author Bonnie J. Morris
ISBN-10 1438461763
ISBN-13 9781438461762
Year 2017-01-02
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher State University of New York Press
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Investigates the rise and fall of US American lesbian cultural institutions since the 1970s LGBT Americans now enjoy the right to marrybut what will we remember about the vibrant cultural spaces that lesbian activists created in the 1970s 80s and 90s Most are vanishing from the calendarand from recent memory The Disappearing L explores the rise and fall of the hugely popular women only concerts festivals bookstores and support spaces built by and for lesbians in the era of woman identified activism Through the stories unfolding in these chapters anyone unfamiliar with the Michigan festival Olivia Records or the womens bookstores once dotting the urban landscape will gain a better understanding of the era in which artists and activists first dared to celebrate lesbian lives This book offers the backstory to the culture we are losing to mainstreaming and assimilation Through interviews with older activists it also responds to recent attacks on lesbian feminists who are being made to feel that theyve hit their cultural expiration date The Disappearing L is both an insider story and a well written analysis of a neglected piece of cultural history Morris delivers convincing arguments about why the lesbian feminist era was important not only to the individuals who lived it but also to a broader understanding of what has come to be called LGBT history No one could be better positioned to write this book than Morris Lillian Faderman author of The Gay Revolution The Story of the Struggle

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