Dyke Ideas: Process, Politics, Daily Life

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SUNY Press, 1994 - Social Science - 151 pages
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Dyke Ideas is a passionate and insightful contribution to lesbian philosophy. The main value is wimmin-women separate from men and men's inventions. "Craziness," guilt, competition, sex, and other topics are explored in ways that reject male values and move toward wimmin-identified cultures.

Method is central. The authoritarian, God's-eye stance typical of academic writing is disavowed in favor of an approach that denies that others "should" accept the author's beliefs. Persuasion is tyranny, Joyce Trebilcot thinks, so she tries not to interfere with a reader's processes of creating/discovering her own ideas. This book suggests that lesbian philosophy is like a potluck: wimmin bring their own contributions and also help themselves to the offerings of others.

Dyke Ideas is written in a candid, clear, jargon-free style that makes it accessible to a wide range of readers. The writings (which include essays, poetry, a dialogue, and forms without names) resonate with the feelings and thoughts of many wimmin.
 

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Contents

Notes on the Meaning of Life
3
Craziness
11
Guilt
17
The PrickChick
19
Guilt
21
Stalking Guilt
23
Dissecting Guilt
29
Story
39
Competition
79
Envy
87
Sex
95
Taking Responsibility for Sexuality
97
Hortense and Gladys on Sex
111
Decentering Sex
117
Value
125
Lesbian Feminism in Process
127

Process
41
Dyke Methods
43
Greasing the Machine and Telling Stories
59
Not Lesbian Philosophy
67
Competition
77
On the Edge
137
Notes on Words
143
Acknowledgements
149
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About the author (1994)

Joyce Trebilcot is a writer who has long been active in lesbian, feminist, and women s studies affairs. One of the founders and former coordinator of the Women s Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis, she helped make the Program a source of activism and a haven for radical feminists and lesbians. Her writings appear in lesbian, feminist, and philosophical contexts.

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