and the lovely silver traces erase my empty pages (fall_of_sophia) wrote in feminist_lite,
and the lovely silver traces erase my empty pages

Counterrevolutionary lesbians emulate gay men to please straight men

In the 1980s, as lesbians lost confidence in their own visions, strengths, and possibilities -- as feminism came under attack and the sex industry went from strength to strength -- many turned to gay men as their models and began to define themselves as "sexual deviants." They developed an identity in total contradiction to that of lesbian-feminism. Lesbian-feminists celebrate lesbianism as the apogee of woman-loving, as a form of resistance to all the practices and values of male-supremacist culture, including pornography and prostitution. The libertarian lesbians who rose up to decry feminism in the '80s attacked lesbian-feminists for "desexualizing" lesbianism and chose to see themselves as "pro-sex." But the practices of this "pro-sex" stand turned out to replicate the version of lesbianism that had traditionally been offered by the sex industry. The brave new "transgressive" lesbians were the very sadomasochistic, butch/femme constructions that had long been staples of heterosexual men's pornography.

~ Sheila Jeffreys, How Orgasm Politics Has Hijacked the Women's Movement

I wasn't aware that "leatherdyke" butch/femme porn has been made for straight men but I am not surprised.

Discuss please.
Tags: bringing my politics to the bedroom, fucking is patriarchal, keep your theories on my body, lesbianism is a political statement, political lesbianism, politics is the core of lesbianism, real lesbians don't fuck, sex = most lethal tool of the patriarchy, sheroes, slutwear, straight "lesbians", stuffing my politics in yr vagina, we are not adults
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