Awfully Devoted Women: Lesbian Lives in Canada, 1900-65

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UBC Press, Jan 1, 2010 - Social Science - 313 pages
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The lives of many lesbians prior to 1965 remain cloaked in mystery. Historians have turned the spotlight on upper-middle-class “romantic friends” and on working-class butch and femme women, but the lives of the lower-middle-class majority remain in the shadows. Awfully Devoted Women offers a portrait of middle-class lesbianism in the decades before the gay rights movement in English Canada. This intimate study of the lives of women who were forced to love in secret not only challenges the idea that lesbian relationships in the past were asexual, it also reveals the courage it took to explore desire in an era when women were supposed to know little about sexuality.
  

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Contents

Awfully Devoted Odd Women
12
So there seems to be a fair amount
62
Growing Up under Heteronormativity
95
We found our
124
Sexual Practice
152
Lesbian Couples and Their Families
198
MiddleClass Lesbian Community in the 1950s and 1960s
225
Conclusion
262
Selected Bibliography
293
Index
309
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About the author (2010)

Cameron Duder is an independent researcher based in Vancouver. His research interests include sexuality, transgender studies, and the history of mental health.

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