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Putting The Politics Back Into Lesbianism

This article contrasts lesbianism as a political movement to lesbianism as a lifestyle. It addresses the current emphasis in lesbian circles on “sex as salvationi,” and maintains that this emphasis re-sexualizes women and de-politicizes lesbianism. The liberalism of lesiban lifestylism makes the male-power modes of sexuality, such as 2 & m, butch-femme, and bonage and domination, sexy for women. In the name of tolerance, difference, and lesbian community, many lesbians are dissuaded from making judments and opposing such acts. Finally, the article describes the values of a lesbian femisnism that has principles, politics, and passion. It proposes a context for what lesbian sexuality might look like rooted in lesbian imagination- not lesbian fantasies.

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