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 femmewomen, but the lives of the lower-middle-class majority remain in theshadows. Awfully Devoted Women offers a portrait ofmiddle-class lesbianism in the decades before the gay rights movementin English Canada. This intimate study of the lives of women who wereforced to love in secret not only challenges the idea that lesbianrelationships in the past were asexual, it also reveals the courage ittook to explore desire in an era when women were supposed to knowlittle 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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Cameron Duder is an independent researcher based inVancouver. His research interests include sexuality, transgenderstudies, and the history of mental health.

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