Lesbian Friendships: For Ourselves and Each Other

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Jacqueline S. Weinstock, Esther Rothblum
NYU Press, Aug 1, 1996 - Health & Fitness - 309 pages
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Friends as lovers; lovers as friends; ex-lovers as friends; ex-lovers as family; friends as family; communities of friends; lesbian community. These are just a few of the phrases heard often in the daily discourse of lesbian life. What significance do they have for lesbians? Do lesbians view friends as family and what does this analogy mean? What sorts of friendships exist between lesbians? What sorts of friendships do lesbians form with non-lesbian women, or with men?

These and other questions regarding the kinds of friendships lesbians imagine and experience have rarely been addressed. Lesbian Friendships focuses on actual accounts of friendships involving lesbians and examines a number of issues, including the transition from friends to lovers and/or lovers to friends, erotic attraction in friendship, diverse identities among lesbians, and friendships across sexuality and/or gender lines.

 

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Contents

Contemplating Lesbians
3
Eco de una AmistadEcho of a Friendship
31
The Lesbians Experience of Friendship
40
A Friendship in Two Voices
65
Portrait of an
80
Namaste
98
On the Other Side of Silence
107
The Road to Myself
117
WellWorn Conversations
192
The Friendship of a Lesbian
205
Uncommon Kin
225
Friendships between Lesbian and
240
Pat T Bunny Meets Lynnepig
251
Portrait of Skinny and Me
259
Cindy
266
A Significant Friend
273

Martha
125
Going against the Fold
135
LesbianMeetsChristianHeterosexualWomaninthe
151
Friendships between AfricanAmerican and
165
Lesbian Friendships Create Lesbian Community
288
Toward a Politics of Lesbian Friendship
295
Contributors
301
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About the author (1996)

Jacqueline S. Weinstock is Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma. She is co- author of Public Homeplaces: Women and the Struggle against Otherness (Belenky, Bond & Weinstock).

Esther D. Rothblum is Professor of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University. She is the editor or co-editor of over twenty books, including Overcoming Fear of Fat.