Lesbian Psychologies: Explorations and Challenges

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Boston Lesbian Psychologies Collective
University of Illinois Press, 1987 - Psychology - 375 pages
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Feminist writers, therapists, and teachers discuss lesbian identity, relationships, community, and therapy, and try to assess the impact of lesbianism on women's lives.
 

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I was delighted with what I've so far read of this book, it talks of many subtle differences between us and straight women, spoken from direct experience and wisdom. Being a 53 year old life long feminine lesbian it spoke to my heart personally by talking about why butch women have such a hard time believing fems are truely lesbian.
It also is a very important topic now that lesbianism is by far the fastest growing sexual preference. I don't think I have one straight friend presently who has not mentioned to me that she wished she were a lesbian.
The one thing I wish the book addressed more is why there are fewer and fewer butch women now than there used to be. I am blessed to have found "mine" , but when I was growing up there was about 50/50, and my last sweet heart ( 30 years my elder) says when she grew up it was 80 percent butch......now it's obviously 80 percent fem ...or more. Are we all generally moving toward pure androgyny and just need to explore every thing first? Or are humans in general moving toward a more feminine perspective? Or is it social acceptance that make so many outwardly appearing fems currently? This interests me. A topic I'd be interested in.
Thank you for this lovely book, I look forward to savoring it slowly.
 

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Contents

Diversity and Variability in Womens Sexual Identities
19
Issues of Identity in the Psychology of Latino Lesbians
35
Sexuality as a Continuum The Bisexual Identity
56
Aging Lesbians Observations and Speculations
72
Invisibility Fantasy and Intimacy Princess Charming Is Not a Prince
83
RELATIONSHIPS
95
Lesbian Sexuality Issues and Developing Theory
97
Barriers to Intimacy Conflicts over Power Dependency and Nurturing in Lesbian Relationships
126
THERAPIES
227
Internalized Homophobia Identifying and Treating the Oppressor Within
229
Doing Sex Therapy with Lesbians Bending a Heterosexual Paradigm To Fit a Gay Lifestyle
242
The Persephone Complex Incest Dynamics and the Lesbian Preference
261
Lesbian Alcoholism Etiology Treatment and Recovery
283
Lesbians Weight and Eating New Analyses and Perspectives
294
COMMUNITY
311
The Saga of Continuing Clash in Lesbian Community or Will an Army of ExLovers Fail?
313

The Impact of Race and Culture Differences Challenges to Intimacy in Lesbian Relationships
142
The Effects of Womens Socialization on Lesbian Couples
161
FAMILY
175
Coming Out to Mom Theoretical Aspects of the MotherDaughter Process
177
Lesbian Families Psychosocial Stress and the FamilyBuilding Process
195
ChildRearing Attitudes of Black Lesbian Mothers
215
Mediation for Lesbians
327
Beyond Community Politics and Spirituality
344
Contributors and Editors
355
Acknowledgments
361
Index
363
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