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