Dyke Life: From Growing Up To Growing Old, A Celebration Of The Lesbian Experience

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Karla Jay
Basic Books, May 31, 1996 - Social Science - 384 pages
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Written by lesbians of different ages, races and religions—and compiled by one of the gay movement's best-known writers and activists—these original essays give vibrant voice to the diversity of the lesbian experience. Celebrating the many ways in which the lesbian experience is unique from all others, many of these pieces focus on specific lesbian concerns such as sexual practices, raising children and higher incidence of certain illnesses.Beyond pointing out these differences, the essays also provide a comprehensive view of the many phases of lesbian life by covering diverse topics like body piercing, coming out and work. Short narratives—“To Mother or Not to Mother,” “Confessions of a Lesbian Vampire,” “About Being an Old Lesbian in Love,” and more—complement and enrich the main essays, adding a unique personal tone to the collection. A mix of the serious and the irreverent, Dyke Life is an important contribution to gay and lesbian literature.
 

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Contents

Are We Family? Lesbians and Families of Origin
19
At Home Terri de k PeHa
27
A New Political Twist Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon
33
Should Have Said Deborah Perkins
45
GWF ISO Kelly Jo Woodside
55
Lesbian Baby Boomers at Midlife
61
The Start of Something Big Paula Martinac
69
We Never Promised You Role Models
77
Clit Notes Marny Hall
195
Body Piercing Yemaya KauriAlecto
202
My First Dildo Slick Harris
212
My First Lover Betty Rose Dudley
219
WYSIWYG What You See Isnt What You Get
228
Dismantling Our
247
Double Trouble Leslea Newman
257
Part IV The Public World
266

RV Life Begins at Seventy Shevy Healey
87
Lesbian Couples Beverly A Greene
97
Bridge Jean Swallow
105
Lesbian Marriage Ceremonies I Do Kitty Tsui
111
June Brides E J Graff
119
Our Relationships and Their Laws Ruthann Robson
127
Whats Race Got to Do with It? Paula Ross
141
Creating Lesbian Families
149
To Mother or Not to Mother Sylvia Blackstone
157
Our Children and Their Laws Ruthann Robson
170
Radical or Retrograde?
174
Mother of Stephen Louise G Whitney
181
Lesbians in Corporate America Maria De La O
273
She Tickles with a Hammer Donna AMegra
282
Something About Pride Shelley Anderson
289
Outing and the Politics of the Closet
295
Hon Paula J Hepner
302
Health Care Issues Karen K Kemer
313
After the First Visit Margaret Robison
319
A Letter from Anita Kitty Tsui
327
Who Cares? Lesbians As Caregivers
344
The Dog the Cat and the Activist Emily Rosenberg
353
Contributors Notes
363
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About the author (1996)

Karla Jay is Professor of English and Director of Women's Studies at Pace Unviersity. She has authored and edited eight books, including the pioneering Out of the Closets (with Allen Young), and has written for many publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Ms. magazine, New York Newsday, and the Village Voice.

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