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QotD: “a space in which to discover what it means to be self-defined, self-loving, women-identified neither an imitation man nor his objectified opposite”

by on April 16, 2013

Anti-Porn Feminists

Lesbians have been forced to live between two cultures, both male-dominated, each of which has denied and endangered our existence. On the one hand, there is the heterosexist patriarchal culture, on the other hand, there is homosexual patriarchal culture, a culture created by homosexual men, reflecting such male stereotypes as dominance and submission as modes of relationship, and the separation of sex from emotional involvement – a culture tainted by profound hatred for women. Neither heterosexual culture nor ‘gay’ culture has offered lesbians a space in which to discover what it means to be self-defined, self-loving, women-identified neither an imitation man nor his objectified opposite.

Adrienne Rich

Found at Ise Palase

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