A Woman Like That: Lesbian And Bisexual Writers Tell Their

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Social Science - 352 pages
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The act of "coming out" has the power to transform every aspect of a woman's life: family, friendships, career, sexuality, spirituality. An essential element of self-realization, it is the unabashed acceptance of one's "outlaw" standing in a predominantly heterosexual world.

These accounts -- sometimes heart-wrenching, often exhilarating -- encompass a wide breadth of backgrounds and experiences. From a teenager institutionalized for her passion for women to the mother who must come out to her young sons at the risk of losing them -- from the cautious academic to the raucous liberated femme -- each woman represented here tells of forging a unique path toward the difficult but emancipating recognition of herself. Extending from the 1940s to the present day, these intensely personal stories in turn reflect a unique history of the changing social mores that affected each woman's ability to determine the shape of her own life. Together they form an ornate tapestry of lesbian and bisexual experience in the United States over the past half-century.

 

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User Review  - thanemal - LibraryThing

'A Woman Like That' is a series of collected personal essays and reflections by various queer females from across the country. Many of the stories are very endearing and heart wrenching as women of ... Read full review

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User Review  - ehough75 - LibraryThing

This was an ok book. I don't know if I classify them as coming out stories. They were more of first experiences with a woman. Still very important a persons life and worth telling. However most of these stories were vague and lackluster. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
THIS SONG IS DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE
WIDOWS
MAD FOR HER
FIRST LOVE
NOVELTIES
THE SECRET AGENT
MY DEBUT
A LETTER TO SOME LESBIANS WHOVE BEEN OUT FOR A LONG TIME
WAKING UP
BANDITOS
COMING OUTOR GOING MORE DEEPLY IN?
A COVER GIRL COMES OUT
MIND AND BODY
ALWAYS COMING
THIS GIRL IS DIFFERENT

RED LIGHT GREEN LIGHT
A VISION
RICHARD NIXON AND ME
CHERRY PICKER
BORN QUEER
WHAT COMES FIRST
HOUSE OF CORALS
BRIDE OF CHRIST
THE COMING OUT OF A GAY PRIDE CHILD
EASTER WEEKEND
POT LUCK
PICTURE THIS
LAYERS OF THE ONION SPOKES OF THE WHEEL
FREEDOM RINGS
TOGETHER ALONE
DIARY OF A MAD LESBIAN
CONTRIBUTORS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
About the Author
Copyright
About the Publisher
Copyright

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Joan Larkin is a Lambda Award-winning poet and co-editor of three previous anthologies, including the groundbraking Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time. Her most recent books are Cold River and Glad Day: Daily Meditations for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender People.

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