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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 8. 19th April 1973

"Gays" and "Straights"

"Gays" and "Straights"

Alison placed emphasis on the relationship between the gay liberation movement and women's liberation. She contended that both these groups often fail when they become concerned with side issues only. For instance when the suffragettes achieved the vote their movement folded, yet it was only one facet of the whole.

Friction often arises in the gay groups between the men and the women because the lesbians found themselves helping the men push for acceptance in the society where women still had additional problems. Because of this many lesbians have found they are more closely allied with women's lib. than gay lib. However, even these two groups, women's lib and lesbians lack awareness of the opposite movements. So called "straight" women are either afraid that lesbians will make a pass at them, or if the lesbians do not, then the women feel unattractive. Either way the lesbians are turned into sex objects.