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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799851/the-role-of-internalized-homonegativity-in-the-faith-and-psychological-health-of-lesbians
#1
Dane R Whicker, Ed de St Aubin, Kim Skerven
Among lesbians, faith-based beliefs and behaviors may be associated with negative psychological health due to the interplay between religious and sexual identities. The present study examined health outcomes, faith-based beliefs (views of God as loving and controlling), faith-based behaviors (personal spiritual practices, religious activities), and internalized homonegativity in a sample of 225 self-identified lesbians. We hypothesized that internalized homonegativity would moderate the relationship between health outcomes and faith-based beliefs and behaviors among lesbians...
October 2, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632079/-no-there-is-nothing-wrong-with-your-eyes-my-letterhead-is-indeed-crooked-an-introduction-to-the-study-of-black-and-brown-lesbian-educators
#2
Bettina L Love
To date, there is a noticeable lack of studies that focus exclusively on the pedagogical practices, teaching experiences, identity, and gender performances of Black and Brown lesbian educators (BBLE). This special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies aims to make the hyperinvisibility of BBLE visible and proposes to fill this scholarly gap by exploring this topic from a variety of cultural and disciplinary perspectives.
October 2, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632078/-less-than-a-vapor-positioning-black-lesbian-women-in-history-teacher-education
#3
Ashley N Woodson
In this article, I discuss the possibilities and implications of centering Black lesbian identities and relationships in history teacher education through a case study with one straight Black woman preservice history teacher named Danitra. Danitra's understanding and navigation of historical research on Black lesbians are discussed in relation to core themes of lesbian historiography and emancipatory historiography. Though the literature on this group is limited, I argue that critical considerations of Black lesbians' interests and experiences help educators to conceive of and teach about history, citizenship, justice, and sexuality in more liberatory ways...
October 2, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723439/-very-simple-i-just-don-t-lie-the-role-of-honesty-in-black-lesbian-k-12-teachers-experiences-in-the-u-s-southeast
#4
Jillian Carter Ford
I conducted semi-structured interviews with eight self-identified Black lesbian classroom teachers. Seven participants taught in three districts in the same large metropolitan area in the U.S. Southeast; one participant taught in a smaller city in a bordering state. In response to the vague prompt to describe the intersections between their sexuality and their schooling experiences as a teacher, every participant spoke explicitly about her unwillingness to lie about her sexuality if asked. In this article, I argue that honesty is a critical component of Black women's experiences, the necessity of which can be tied to womanism...
October 2, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723437/what-happened-when-i-invited-students-to-see-me-a-black-queer-professor-s-reflections-on-practicing-embodied-vulnerability-in-the-classroom
#5
Dominique C Hill
What are the hesitations, dangers, and potentialities to inviting students to peruse my body? What possibilities arise from centering and leading with the body in the teaching/learning process? What risks and possibilities does this enactment pose to a Black lesbian educator? This auto/ethnography journeys through and reflects upon my experience enacting what I have coined "embodied vulnerability" as a pedagogical practice. Within this essay, I explore the interrelationship of race, gender, and embodiment (or, the performance of self)...
October 2, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723426/fear-of-a-black-femme-the-existential-conundrum-of-embodying-a-black-femme-identity-while-being-a-professor-of-black-queer-and-feminist-studies
#6
Kaila Adia Story
Although a Black femme identity has been defined and embodied by many as an identity with Black feminist roots and revolutionary potentials, Black femmes are still rendered hypervisible and invisible through racist and heteronormative politics. Similarly, embodying a Black femme identity as a professor in academia often engenders these same pretenses of hypervisibility and invisibility. This essay explores what this existential conundrum has been for me as both a Black femme and professor of Black queer and feminist studies, while illuminating the mix of forces within academia that have attempted to stifle my chosen sexual identity and gendered performance...
October 2, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723422/17th-floor-a-pedagogical-oracle-from-with-audre-lorde
#7
Alexis Pauline Gumbs
In 1974, warrior poet mother Audre Lorde published the poem "Blackstudies," a freeform dream villanelle about her complicated experience as a Black lesbian feminist English professor at the City University of New York during the dynamic period when students rose up in protest. The university granted open admissions, and cultural nationalists who taught at City University worked to create a Black Studies program. In the poem, she describes her vantage point at this particular historical and pedagogical moment from the seventeenth floor within a dreamscape where she navigates the stereotypes, silences, and urgencies that shaped her experience as an educator...
October 2, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723421/-she-has-a-real-connection-with-them-reimagining-and-expanding-our-definitions-of-black-masculinity-and-mentoring-in-education-through-female-masculinity
#8
Bettina L Love
Through narrative inquiry, utilizing in-depth interviews and field observations, the goal of this research is to begin a dialogue within the field of education and mentoring scholarship that expands the mentoring of Black males beyond traditional norms of sex and gender identities/performances to reimagine the ways in which Black female masculinity can be a site of mentoring for Black and Brown boys.
October 2, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27633710/a-genuine-article-intersectionality-black-lesbian-gender-expression-and-the-feminist-pedagogical-project
#9
Mel Michelle Lewis
This article examines gender expression as central to the pedagogical projects of Black lesbian feminist pedagogues teaching interdisciplinary material related to race, gender, and sexuality. Participants discuss the ways in which their own masculinity, femme identity, and gendered performances influence instructive practices in the classroom and collegiality on campus. Being a "genuine article" of intersectionality theory plays a role in creative applications of the body as text and the institutional impediments to education as the practice of freedom for pedagogues whose marginalized gender, racial, sexual, and political identities closely align with their subject matter and influence campus roles and relationships...
October 2, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27633553/brown-queer-compositionistas-and-the-reflective-practice-of-automythnography
#10
Shereen Inayatulla
Autoethnographic self-reflection is a strategy for teachers to examine their pedagogies and academic workspaces at large. In the process of moving from teaching composition at an institution in the Midwest to one in Southeast Queens, this author describes significant shifts in how she perceived herself as a Brown queer pedagogue. In order to analyze these shifts in ways that advance her pedagogical praxis, the author evaluates the research tools available to her and offers a hybrid method for reflection, which she calls "vulnerable automythnography...
October 2, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27254488/erratum
#11
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October 2, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841381/rethinking-monogamy-s-nature-from-the-truth-of-non-monogamy-to-a-dyke-ethics-of-antimonogamy
#12
Angela Willey
Following Lynne Huffer's work on queer feminism, this abridged essay centers the figure of the lesbian in order to develop a dyke ethics that engenders nuanced thinking about both monogamy and embodiment. The essay reads Alison Bechdel's comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, to elaborate a "dyke ethics of anti-monogamy." Grounded in notions of friendship, community, and social justice, this ethics decenters the sexual dyad in a way that polyamory does not. It also insists upon a theoretical and ethical disposition of respect for the simultaneously political and embodied nature of desire...
August 25, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816627/transfiguring-desire-divining-the-origin-of-species
#13
Sonny Nordmarken, Samuel Ace
In this piece, we combine autoethnographic and poetic methods/genres to examine intimate and social experiences we have had as two transmasculine queers with complex sexual and gender histories in an intergenerational relationship. If queerness/transness is a "species," our title, playing on Darwin, promises an answer to oft-asked problematic questions of queer/trans origins. Refusing to address this question, we instead turn Darwin on himself and examine intimate moments in our lives to show how we have experienced the constant formation and personal evolution of desire and identity...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796577/foreword-biology-embodiment-desire
#14
Jennifer Terry, Angela Willey
The sexological roots of "lesbian" and the "queer" turn from biologized categories of sexual difference pose an exciting set of questions and tensions for thinking about queer feminism and biological meanings. This issue seeks to open space to explore how we might reconcile assumptions about "female same-sex sexuality" that often accompany "lesbian" with queer and trans-feminist treatments of science, embodiment, and desiring, while at the same time insisting on the importance of an undertheorized dyke legacy for thinking the at-once material and political nature of sexuality...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767009/a-no-man-s-land-of-sex-reading-stephen-gordon-and-her-critics
#15
Katherine A Costello
One of the most read novels of lesbian, transgender, and queer criticism, Radclyffe Hall's novel The Well of Loneliness (1928) has given rise to numerous and contradictory interpretations of the protagonist Stephen Gordon's complex relationship to her body. Some have argued that she is a historically specific example of female masculinity, others that she is a lesbian who wishes she were more feminine, and others still that she is a prototypical transsexual character. Focusing on the exemplary essays by Jack Halberstam, Teresa de Lauretis, and Jay Prosser, I argue that the coexistence of mutually exclusive interpretations of Stephen Gordon's relationship to her femaleness suggests that the novel is, in fact, a demand to readers to unmoor identity from sex and to recognize what I call "sexual indeterminacy...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767007/-i-am-not-a-friend-to-men-embodiment-and-desire-in-magnus-hirschfeld-s-transvestites-case-studies
#16
Emma Heaney
This article reads sexological case studies of the fin-de si├Ęcle that contain accounts of trans women's lives in the period. It argues that these sources contradict the diagnostic criteria that doctors determine as the factors that define trans feminine identity in the period: desire for men, social isolation, and tortured bodily dissatisfaction. Chief among these contradictions is the prevalence of the expression of trans women's desire for women and easy participation in women's social and kinship networks...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742452/-the-third-sex-is-here-to-stay-rhetorical-reconstructions-of-lesbian-sexuality-in-vice-versa
#17
Kate Litterer
Vice Versa, published in Los Angeles from 1947-1948 and regarded as the first lesbian periodical in the United States, was authored and edited by Lisa Ben (anagram for "lesbian"). While Vice Versa is lauded for inspiring later lesbian publications, little scholarship has analyzed the magazine's contents. Queer rhetorical analysis allows me to demonstrate the integral role Vice Versa played in counteracting cultural and medical classifications of lesbians during the 1940s. Through an analysis of Vice Versa's book and movie reviews, an editorial, and creative writing, this article analyzes the way Ben uses queer rhetoric to turn narratives of medical and psychological deviancy and inferiority into a means for empowerment and community building...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742447/a-crisis-emerges-lesbian-health-between-breast-cancer-and-hiv-aids
#18
Mairead Sullivan
In this essay, I argue that lesbians have come to be a population of concern for state-based health organizations as a result of lesbian health activism that drew connections between breast cancer and HIV/AIDS. In order to develop this analysis, I tell the story of the rise of lesbian breast cancer activism in concert with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco in the early 1990s. The state recognition of lesbian health needs, and with it the solidification of lesbian as a biopolitical category, was catalyzed by associations with the AIDS crisis and HIV activism, but also required an articulated difference, or lesbian specificity, which breast cancer provided...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742445/becoming-lesbian-monique-wittig-s-queer-trans-feminism
#19
Kevin Henderson
Inspired by Lynne Huffer's queer feminist genealogy, this article explores queer-trans-feminism as a project that would bring together queer, feminist, and transgender theory and politics into a shared critical lineage. I suggest that Monique Wittig is a neglected thinker who could re-enliven connections and debates within queer, feminist, and trans theory and politics. Utilizing recent historiographies of queer and feminist theory, I imagine what it would mean to hold on to the figure of the lesbian as a figure for queer-trans-feminist politics rather than render the lesbian anachronistic...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742444/queering-biology-gutting-feminism-a-review-essay-of-gut-feminism-by-elizabeth-a-wilson-durham-nc-duke-university-press-2015
#20
David A Rubin
The author reviews Elizabeth A. Wilson's Gut Feminism (2015), arguing that Wilson's book productively challenges some of feminist theory's most entrenched presuppositions: that social, cultural, and discursive frameworks are opposed and superior to biological ones; that biological matter is flat, sovereign, monolithic, and determining; that depression is more a cultural, historical, and psychological phenomenon than a biochemical and pharmaceutical one (and that these nominative distinctions are stable and natural); and finally, that the belly's ruminations (hunger, ingestion, digestion, peristalsis, diarrhea, constipation, and excretion) give no clue as to the complexities of entanglements between gut, psyche, subjectivity, sociality, and hostility...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
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