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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29727595/making-space-jennifer-camper-lgbtq-anthologies-and-queer-comics-communities
#1
Margaret Galvan
This article examines the career of lesbian cartoonist Jennifer Camper and how she has fostered queer community both in her comics and in real life. Archival research in LGBTQ archives and in Camper's own personal papers evidences how Camper begins developing her comics in the 1980s by participating in various grassroots LGBTQ publication spaces. From this foundation of support, she engages in comics activism with her representations of these communities during the midst of the AIDS crisis. Through these analyses, this article theorizes how Camper foregrounds intersectionality and counterpublics in her work on and off the page...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29727592/poc-lgbtq-and-gender-the-intersectionality-of-america-chavez
#2
Laura M Jiménez
The Life and Times of America Chavez was a comic book series eventually published in trade form. Written by Gabby Rivera, queer Latinx young adult literature author, this iteration of Marvel Comic's Miss America (America Chavez) possesses an awareness and authenticity of Latinx culture and lesbian identity that was nothing less than revolutionary. Joe Quinones's artwork, rich in color, spirit, and pride, underscored the need for Latinx voices (both visual and verbal) to tell our stories. In this essay, I provide both a scholarly view of AMERICA as a superhero tale and illuminate the experience of reading her as a Latina lesbian...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29694302/introduction-suffering-sappho-lesbian-content-and-queer-female-characters-in-comics
#3
Michelle Ann Abate, Karly Marie Grice, Christine N Stamper
Comics have been an important locus of queer female identity, community, and politics for generations. Whether taking the form of newspaper strips, comic books, or graphic novels and memoirs, the medium has a long history of featuring female same-sex attraction, relationships, and identity. This special issue explores the past place, current presence, and possible future status of lesbianism in comics. It features essays about cartoonists such as Jennifer Camper, characters such as Wonder Woman, and titles such as Lumberjanes...
April 25, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29694300/representations-of-same-sex-relationships-between-female-characters-in-all-ages-comics-princess-princess-ever-after-and-lumberjanes
#4
Erica Gillingham
Representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) characters in comics for an all-ages readership have emerged in the United States in the early twenty-first century. This essay examines the narrative constructions of same-sex relationships between female characters in two all-ages speculative fiction comics, Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill, and Lumberjanes, created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, and Brooke Allen.
April 25, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29694299/-there-is-no-such-thing-as-a-straight-woman-queer-female-representations-in-south-asian-graphic-narratives
#5
Poushali Bhadury
This essay provides a brief overview of some recent Indian and Bangladeshi comics and graphic novels, whether print-based or online, which feature queer female characters. The essay contextualizes these texts with respect to the anti-LGBTQ+ legal climate in South Asian countries, but also places them within a larger trajectory of literary representations of queer (female) love in the Indian subcontinent. The texts under examination range from print graphic novels and indie comics anthologies in India to comic strips brought out by queer activists working for LGBTQ+education and advocacy in Bangladesh...
April 25, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29694297/survival-angst-reading-hothead-paisan-in-the-trump-era
#6
Cynthia Barounis
This essay considers Diane DiMassa's 1990s comic book series Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist alongside the recent rise and visibility of White supremacist movements following the 2016 United States election. While Hothead's acts of queer revenge primarily target White heterosexual cismen, several issues feature Hothead taking aim at neo-Nazis and the KKK. Exploring the way in which Hothead's relationship to debility and capacity is mediated by her gender, sexuality, and race, the essay argues that a biopolitical approach, including the recent scholarly turn to the non-human, can provide a useful framework for approaching interlocking systems of violence and oppression that go beyond traditional intersectional models of resistance...
April 25, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29694296/situating-cyberzone-black-lesbian-identity-in-comics
#7
Sheena C Howard
Cyberzone is a fitting place to start any discussion around Black lesbian identity in comics, as it is the first comic book that this researcher could find which features a Black lesbian female lead superheroine. Cyberzone was self-published by Jimmie Robinson in 1994 and later re-vamped into a mini-comic series called Amanda and Gunn with Image Comics. First, this article deconstructs Cyberzone through the lens of Cultural Prism Theory (CPT). Second, this article situates Cyberzone within the framework of CPT to address Cyberzone's place within the comic book ecosystem...
April 25, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29694276/-flabulously-femme-queer-fat-femme-women-s-identities-and-experiences
#8
Allison Taylor
This article explores how queer fat femme women experience, negotiate, and resist heteronormativity, misogyny, and fatphobia, alongside other intersecting oppressions. By analyzing fat femmes' narratives presented in blogs and personal essays, this article examines themes including: the role of femme in fat queers (re)claiming femininities, the masculinizing and/or feminizing effects of "fatness" for queer femmes, the mutual constitution of fatphobia and femmephobia, femme fa(t)shion, fat femme (in)visibility, and the importance of intersectional conceptions of queer fat femininities...
April 25, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29694275/a-regressive-formula-of-perversity-wertham-and-the-women-of-comics
#9
Carol L Tilley
This essay serves as a close reading of psychiatrist Fredric Wertham's 1950s descriptions and critiques of female comics characters. I draw on archival sources as well as relevant texts in the study of gender and sexuality. Additionally, I integrate ideas from two of his close associates, folklorist Gershon Legman and psychiatrist Hilde Mosse, whose contributions to Seduction of the Innocent are woven-often invisibly-throughout that text. The character of Wonder Woman serves as a touchstone, but other provocative female figures that Wertham found objectionable in mid-twentieth-century comics accompany her...
April 25, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29509079/love-and-loss-in-wartime-an-unpublished-narrative-by-pamela-frankau-1908-67
#10
Caroline Gonda
This article discusses an unpublished book by the popular and prolific novelist Pamela Frankau (1908-67), which was rejected by her publishers in 1946 as "almost too personal for publication," and which for many years was believed lost. The work is addressed to Frankau's dead lover, Marjorie Vernon Whitefoord (1907-44), a fellow officer in the women's Auxiliary Territorial Service, and takes the form of a letter to Vernon. The article examines what Frankau's unpublished narrative of love and loss in wartime reveals about her life and later novels, and its implications for the official record of her life and writing...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632081/meeting-other-moms-lesbian-adoptive-mothers-relationships-with-other-parents-at-school-and-beyond
#11
Abbie E Goldberg, Reihonna L Frost, Melissa H Manley, Kaitlin A Black
Little research has examined the friendships of lesbian parents, especially within the context of children's schools. This study of 40 lesbian adoptive parents (20 couples) focused on their relationships with other parents in the school community and how sexual orientation, race, and class dynamics impacted these relationships. Half of the participants described friendships with parents at the school, sometimes in spite of demographic differences, whereas others felt disconnected due to these differences. Outside of school, most participants reported friendships with other lesbian/gay parents...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632080/lesbian-disclosure-and-health-care-seeking-in-the-united-states-a-replication-study
#12
Melissa St Pierre
The current study explored factors associated with lesbian disclosure to health care providers (HCPs) and engagement in preventative health behaviors by replicating and extending a Canadian path analysis study with a sample of U.S. lesbians. Both patient (education, feminism, global outness, and internalized homophobia) and HCP-related (lesbian-friendly HCPs and patient comfort) factors were either directly or indirectly associated with disclosure and engagement in preventative health behaviors, including avoidance of health-compromising behaviors (e...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535088/just-friends-the-role-of-friendship-in-lesbians-lives
#13
Jacqueline S Weinstock, Esther D Rothblum
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459310/cosmopolitan-sexualities-hope-and-the-humanist-imagination
#14
Diana Vargas
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453397/the-three-person-honeymoon-in-the-letters-of-katherine-philips-and-sarah-scott
#15
Ann A Huse
This article explores two instances of the three-person honeymoon as a popular custom among the pre-nineteenth-century English gentry and aristocracy. It argues that the presence of the bride's sister or closest companion on the holiday allowed female friendships to survive the marriage of one or both parties, albeit in a drastically changed form. The comparison of a successful and a failed marriage demonstrates that the third wheel could intervene on the bride's behalf in cases of marital incompatibility or abuse...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414628/fried-green-tomatoes-and-the-color-purple-a-case-study-in-lesbian-friendship-and-cultural-controversy
#16
Kristen Proehl
Published in the 1980s, Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café and Alice Walker's The Color Purple are lesbian coming-of-age narratives that share a great deal in common in terms of their thematic content, publication histories, and cultural afterlives. In both novels, female friendships are shaped by patriarchal violence and develop in the context of the rural, segregated, early twentieth-century U.S. South. But the two novels also diverge in significant ways, as differences in race, gender, class, and sexuality shape their protagonists' experiences of love and friendship...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398150/conning-the-conmen-intelligence-and-female-desire-in-dedh-ishqiya
#17
Shailendra Kumar Singh
This article investigates the ostensibly paradoxical relationship that exists between the theme of excessive love, as suggested by the title of Abhishek Chaubey's film Dedh Ishqiya (2014), and the actual representation of it in the movie, which is not only restrained and disproportionate, but is also looked at with suspicion and contempt. It examines the logic of this seeming contradiction through the other two related themes that Chaubey's chef-d'œuvre foregrounds, namely that of intelligence and female desire...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398140/ambivalently-post-lesbian-lbq-friendships-in-the-rural-midwest
#18
Clare Forstie
Using data from friendship interviews with lesbian, bisexual, and queer women in a small Midwestern city, I argue that non-urban communities might be characterized as ambivalently post-lesbian, as participants explain that shared identities "don't matter" in their friendships, while continuing to insist on the relevance of lesbian identity in their community. This research highlights three sets of concerns about lesbian communities, identities, and friendships. First, given the theoretical purchase of the concept of "post-gay" communities, there is a parallel need to develop the concept of "post-lesbian" as uniquely ambivalent and distinct from post-gay discourses, as the case of LBQ friendship demonstrates...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375747/-if-only-you-were-a-boy%C3%A2-friendship-and-sexual-identity-in-mireille-best-s-hymne-aux-mur%C3%A3-nes
#19
Stephanie Schechner
While much French fiction devoted to lesbians focuses on romantic relationships, Mireille Best's (1943-2005) first novel, Hymne aux Murènes (Hymn to the Moray Eels) (1986), depicts a wide variety of relationships between the lesbian protagonist, Mila, and the other young women staying in a sanatorium of sorts for the treatment of an unnamed illness. In this all-female environment, Best depicts relationships between Mila and Paule, a closeted lesbian employee of the sanatorium; between Mila and young women like Josette and Lilli, who are somewhat attracted to Mila but, for the most part, do not act on this attraction; and between very close heterosexual friends (Nicoli and Nicola)...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368745/sexuality-in-the-shadows-of-a-friendship-an-intimate-portrayal-of-friendship-between-two-british-pakistani-lesbians
#20
Asifa Siraj
Friendships have the potential to transform and reconfigure lives and improve one's health and mental well-being through mutual affection, understanding, care, and love. The social, cultural, and religious ostracism British Pakistani lesbians encounter in their lives means that their friendships, in particular with other lesbians, are crucial for fostering a sense of self-acceptance and personal enrichment. Friendship can provide a supportive network, refuge, and respite from a repressive social, cultural, and family environment, especially for those who feel ostracized and marginalized...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Lesbian Studies
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