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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 39, Number 21, September 6, 1976.

Lesbianism and Feminism

Lesbianism and Feminism

Too often in the past, feminists have gone to great lengths to avoid discussion and confrontation with the issue of lesbianism. In America, for example, the National Organisation of Women purged itself of what Betty Friedan described as "the lavender menace" in the winter of 1970-71.

The accusation of lesbianism has been used to keep women "in their place" and isolated from each other. Straight feminists have generally reacted very defensively to being called lesbians because of their political activities. This has been used by the men to counter all accusations of injustice towards women. But by allowing the label "dyke" to frighten them into taking a less militant stand and to isolating themselves from their sisters, feminists are allowing themselves to be controlled by the male culture.

Lesbians have a great deal to offer the feminist movement. Ti-Grace Atkinson, for example, considers lesbians the "frontline troops" of the women's movement the women most harassed because they are by definition a threat to a system that subjugates women. Lesbians were the first to question the basic heterosexual structure that binds women in a one-toone relationship with our own oppressors. Furthermore, lesbianism is the one issue that deals with women reacting positively to other women rather than with men and the society they have built to contain us.

For lesbians too, women's liberation is a personal imperative - living without the approval and support of men, we are in desperate need of women's rights. Hopefully, this reciprocal relationship will lead to the destruction of the oppression of all women.

CAN WE DO WOOD WORK? DEFINITELY NOT !! I'm NOT HAVING ANY PERVERSIONS IN MY SCHOOL