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Magic mommas, trembling sisters, puritans & perverts: Feminist essays (The Crossing Press feminist series) Paperback – 1985

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Product Details

  • Series: The Crossing Press feminist series
  • Paperback: 119 pages
  • Publisher: Crossing Press (1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895941643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895941640
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,011,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I think questions of sexuality and pornography which are of so much concern to feminist today can be clarified and demystified. If what matters is men's non-reciprocal access to women's resources, then male lust and even male violence are not the basic issues; they are merely particular examples of the fundamental issue" - From the introduction

This book consists of six essays where Joanna Russ deals with issues such as homophobia, sexuality and pornography.
In the essay "Not for Years but for decades", an autobiographical account of her coming out, she tells us how homophobia shaped her life pressuring her into heterosexuality and to a denial of her lesbianism - "[..] I had -for close to 25 years - no clear sexual identity at all, no confidence in my bodily experience, and no pleasure in lovemaking with any real person."- and how, only with the help of the women's movement, she was able to finally come out. Also, in typical Joanna Russ fashion she analyses the world around her and goes to the root of things. So, she shows by, commenting the Love Comics she read as a teenager, that romance is used by the heterosexual institution, both to maintain the gender system and heterosexuality and to hide homosexuality. "the hearts and flowers and the psychedelic flashing light would sweep all that away". She points that romance can be considered a self-obliterating religion. She also questions what a "real lesbian" is. She complains that world is seen as black and white when it comes to homosexuality and heterosexuality "This idea of what a lesbian is, is a wonderful way of preventing anyone from ever becoming one; and when we adopt it we're simply doing culture's dirty work for it".
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