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Journal of Lesbian Studies

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535088/just-friends-the-role-of-friendship-in-lesbians-lives
#1
Jacqueline S Weinstock, Esther D Rothblum
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 23, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459310/cosmopolitan-sexualities-hope-and-the-humanist-imagination
#2
Diana Vargas
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 1, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453397/the-three-person-honeymoon-in-the-letters-of-katherine-philips-and-sarah-scott
#3
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...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27633446/brokenheartedness-and-accountability
#4
Ann Russo
In this article, I reflect on relationship and movement building across power lines that I have experienced or witnessed in and outside of academia. I argue that the "anesthetic aesthetic" of whiteness, as illuminated by Mab Segrest, compels those like myself who are trained to be white to distance ourselves from the pain and suffering of others (as well as our own) in order to accept and assimilate into the hegemonic normative systems of power. I offer stories from my experience of feminist and queer organizing that demonstrate how this distancing looks and feels, and places of where it might be transformed...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27618205/little-sister-an-afro-temporal-solo-play
#5
Misty De Berry
little sister: An Afro-Temporal Solo-Play is at once a memory-scape and a mytho-biography set to poetry, movement, and mixed media. A performance poem spanning from the Antebellum South to present-moment Chicago, it tells the story of a nomadic spirit named little-she who shape-shifts through the memories and imaginings of her sister, the narrator. Through the characters little-she and the narrator, the solo-performance explores embodied ways to rupture and relieve the impact of macro forms of violence in the micro realm of the everyday...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27617914/loving-transgressions-queer-of-color-bodies-affective-ties-transformative-community
#6
Aimee Carrillo Rowe, Francesca T Royster
This introductory article considers the importance of queer woman of color theorizations of affect in thinking more fully the recent interdisciplinary turn to affect. The affective turn has vitally invited culture and feminist critics to interrogate emotion beyond the individual to examine the political and cultural production of emotion. Even as women of color are often associated with excessive affect, the theoretical contributions women of color make to the field of affect studies are often overlooked. Our introduction and this special issue more broadly examine how this solipsism shapes projects invested in critical knowledge production, as well as the stakes of centering a queer woman of color genealogy...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27611895/-un-disciplined-futures-women-of-color-feminism-as-a-disruptive-to-white-affect-studies
#7
Claudia Garcia-Rojas
The aim of this article is to demonstrate how women of color feminism predates and disrupts dominant dialogues in the field of White affect studies. I introduce the concept of White affect studies as an arena of inquiry that draws from Western-European theories and literatures and architects a sociopolitical structure of affect that positions White affects as universal. Scholars contributing to the field of White affect studies posit theories of affect, embodiment, subjectivity, phenomenology, violence, war, and more, while disregarding the theoretical contributions made by women of color feminism in thinking through these notions and social issues...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27611794/adelina-anthony-interview-with-aimee-carrillo-rowe
#8
Adelina Anthony, Aimee Carrillo Rowe
This interview explores how performing artist, activist, writer, director, performer Adelina Anthony stages queer women of color affects as a complex terrain to mobilize a decolonial imaginary. Anthony's characters are complex, contradictory, surly, and resilient with whom audience members connect and feel deeply. Especially for queer women of color, who rarely get to see their own experiences on film or on stage, Anthony's work provides a critical forum for discussing, imagining, naming, and envisioning the connections between our personal struggles and broader forces of imperialism, heterosexual capitalism, and settler colonialism...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27611663/black-edens-country-eves-listening-performance-and-black-queer-longing-in-country-music
#9
Francesca T Royster
This article explores Black queer country music listening, performance, and fandom as a source of pleasure, nostalgia, and longing for Black listeners. Country music can be a space for alliance and community, as well as a way of accessing sometimes repressed cultural and personal histories of violence: lynching and other forms of racial terror, gender surveillance and disciplining, and continued racial and economic segregation. For many Black country music listeners and performers, the experience of being a closeted fan also fosters an experience of ideological hailing, as well as queer world-making...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27593702/building-a-translengua-in-latina-lesbian-organizing
#10
Lourdes Torres
This article discusses the challenges and rewards, as well as the affective labor, involved in forging a Latina lesbian "translengua," in other words a common language in the context of Latina lesbian organizing. I explore how members of Latina Lesbians en Nuestro Ambiente (LLENA) and Amigas Latinas, Chicago-based Latina lesbian organizations, attempted to foster consensus for collective action in the face of language differences and preferences. Through analysis of archives and interviews with activists, I untangle how LLENA and Amigas Latinas negotiated deeply personal and sensitive issues around language use as they worked to build an inclusive movement...
July 3, 2017: 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
#11
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...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398150/conning-the-conmen-intelligence-and-female-desire-in-dedh-ishqiya
#12
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...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398140/ambivalently-post-lesbian-lbq-friendships-in-the-rural-midwest
#13
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...
April 11, 2017: 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
#14
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)...
April 4, 2017: 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
#15
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...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768541/-lesbian-female-same-sex-sexualities-in-africa
#16
Ashley Currier, Thérèse Migraine-George
Understandings of African lesbian sexualities have been affected by silence, repression, and uncertainty. The subject of lesbian experiences and sexualities in Africa constitutes an opportunity for feminist scholars to address the transnational politics of knowledge production about African lesbians' lives and the contours of lesbian art, activism, and relationships in African nations. This article contextualizes the state of research on African lesbian sexualities and introduces the special issue.
April 3, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27636351/narrating-sexual-identities-in-kenya-choice-value-and-visibility
#17
Jason Zingsheim, Dustin Bradley Goltz, Alexandra G Murphy, Teresa Mastin
This article examines the discursive construction of female same-sex sexual identities in Nairobi. We identify the discursive forces of "choice," devaluation, and invisibility as influential within Kenyan media representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex citizens. Using creative focus groups and participant observation, we demonstrate how same-sex attracted women in Nairobi resist and rearticulate these discursive forces to assert their identity and agency as individuals and as a queer community...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27611999/-re-visualizing-black-lesbian-lives-trans-masculinity-and-township-space-in-the-documentary-work-of-zanele-muholi
#18
Z'étoile Imma
This article explores the politics of representing Black queer and trans subjectivities in the recent documentary film and photography of South African lesbian visual activist Zanele Muholi. While Muholi's work has been most often been positioned as an artistic response to the hate-crimes and violence perpetuated against Black lesbians in South African townships, most notably acts of sexual violence known increasingly as corrective rape, I argue that Muholi's documentary texts trouble the spatial, gendered, and highly racialized articulations that make up an increasingly global corrective rape discourse...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27611436/sexual-rights-in-uganda-and-the-struggle-for-meaning-in-community
#19
Tushabe Wa Tushabe
Drawing on lessons from the experiences of women who exchange same-sex erotic energies, this article suggests that advocates of same-sex human rights should take into account epistemic erasures colonized people experience when activism and policies regarding sexual freedom ignore various linguistic and community structures that create spaces for diverse ways of knowing and being. Since the late 1990s, the discourse on homosexuality in Uganda has motivated important debates concerning human values of sovereignty, rights, and family, and has expanded freedoms of sexual expression while at the same time conditioning these freedoms to be experienced in colonial ways of self-knowledge...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27604054/states-of-emergence-writing-african-female-same-sex-sexuality
#20
Brenna M Munro
Tracing a series of intertextually linked short stories from the 1990s to the present by women writers from Nigeria and its diaspora-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Unoma Azuah, Chinelo Okparanta, and Lola Shoneyin-I suggest that although the figure of the African lesbian appears "new" in the context of heightened contemporary attention to the issue of homosexuality, this figure has a literary history. Ghanaian Ama Ata Aidoo's novel Our Sister Killjoy: Or, Reflections From A Black-Eyed Squint (1977) inaugurates this formation, in which the imagining of female same-sex desire is entangled with articulating the experience of migration under the shadow of imperial histories...
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