Leaving the Life: Lesbians, Ex-lesbians and the Heterosexual Imperative

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Onlywomen, 1999 - Gender identity - 220 pages
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Why would any lesbian go straight? Why now? Hundreds of interviews conducted across North America provide an essential reference.

As the right re-asserts its political muscle, and even long-term lesbians reconsider their options, this book describes the vulnerability of The Life. In hundreds of interviews conducted across North America, Leaving the Life not only documents the fragility of feminism's success stories but also reveals the strengths and fluidity of lesbian lives.

Here we have a 90s substandation of the theory propounded more than a decade ago in Adrienne Rich's essay, Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence.

Proving there's nothing natural about heterosexuality, makes Leaving the Life an essential reference for a wide range of academic courses concerned with the social construction of sexuality. It's also a 'must have' book within the lesbian community.

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