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Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian and Bisexual in a College Sorority Paperback – April 1, 2001

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Gratitude, bewilderment, nostalgia, vitriol and a host of other emotions emerge from the pages of Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian and Bisexual in a College Sorority, edited by Shane L. Windmeyer and Pamela W. Freeman (Out on Fraternity Row). In honest, fascinating essays, lesbian and bisexual women tell of their experiences in the Greek system from the 1950s to the present. Some of them came out and were warmly accepted (one woman brought her girlfriend to the end-of-the-year formal), while others were ostracized and put on probation by their sisters, and others simply left. This rare glimpse into a cloistered world will intrigue women of all ages.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Shane L. Windmeyer is a Masters graduate of Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration and currently serves as the assistant director of student activities at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Pamela W. Freeman is the assistant dean of students and director of the office of student ethics and anti-harassment programs at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. The editors worked together to create and continue to coordinate the Lambda 10 Project, a national clearinghouse for gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues in the college Greek system, and together edited Out on Fraternity Row, the first book to address GLB issues in college fraternities.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555835880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555835880
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity (Alyson Publications, 1998), editors Shane Windmeyer and Pamela Freeman shattered the silence of gay men within college fraternities. Now they have turned their attention to lesbian and bisexual women within college sororities and the equally homophobic and heterosexual atmosphere that these sisterhoods often engender. Like its predecessor, Secret Sisters presents the first-person accounts of 25 women, along with information and resources designed to promote greater tolerance of diversity within the college fraternal movement. It is still sad to note, however, that the use of pseudonyms by some of the writers shows that homophobia exists as strongly in women’s organizations as in men’s chapters, despite the fact that various research quoted in the book shows that heterosexual women are less homophobic than heterosexual men.
In Secret Sisters, the stories have been grouped into five distinct sections according to each writer’s personal stage of development and her range of experiences. These sections include "Questioning," "Anger, Fear and "Rejection," "Sisterly Love and Friendship," "Out and Proud," and "Straight Sister’s Perspective." Nancy J. Evans, associate professor and coordinator of the higher education program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University wrote the introduction based upon her scholarly work on sexuality and the experiences of college students.
The editors of the anthology acknowledge the limited diversity of organizations represented within this book. Nearly all sororities represented, under real or assumed names, are member organizations of the National Panhellenic Conference.
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I thought the book would be more diverse but only deals with primarily white lesbians. However, it does explain in the introduction on why that is the case. Looking pass that, it's a pretty decent book.
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