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-Love Your Enemy- - The Debate Between Heterosexual Feminism and Political Lesbianism

-Love Your Enemy- - The Debate Between Heterosexual Feminism and Political Lesbianism

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POLITICALLESBIANISM: THE CASEAGAINST TIETEROSEXUALITYWeknowthatthequestionof whetherallfeministsshouldbe lesbians s notnew.Wehavehadto work out out ideason thesubjectbecauseften whenwetalkaboutourpoliticsand what it meanso say men arethe enemy, withotherwomen,weareaskedwhether we are sayinghat allfeministsstrould be esbiars.Werealisehatthetopic is explosive.t issomethingwe aresupposedo talkaboutathomeandn closeand trustedgroupsoffriendsandnot makepoliticalstatementsabout in the movement, estourheterosexual istersaccuseus ofwoman-hating.sit truethatwemustconcealour strongpoliticalbeliefs on thesubjectwhentalkingwith otherfeminists?Wewouldliketoraisehewhole issuefordiscussionna workshop; notjustwhetherallfeministsshouldbelesbiarn,butpreciselywhy we think theyshouldbe and whether and howwe may begintotalk aboutitmore openly.We do thinkthat allfeminists canandshould bepoliticallesbians.Ourdefinitionof apoliticallesbian s a woman-identifiedwomanwhodoes notfuckmen.It doesnotmean compulsorysexualactivity with women.Thepapersdivided nto twoparts.The first coventhe reasonswhy we thinkseriousfeminisb havenochoice but to abandon heterosex-'ality.Thesecondsarangedintheformofquestionsaisedand commentsmade o us aboutthe subject ofpoliticallesbianismand the way we thinkthey should be answered.(l)Whatheterosexualitys about andwhy it must beabandonedSexualityWhat partdoessexrulityplayinthe oppressionof women? Onlyin the systemofoppressionhatis male supnemacyoeshe oppressoractuallyinvade andcoloniseheinteriorof the body of theoppressed.Attachedto allforms ofsexualbehaviourare meaningsof dominanceand submiSion,powerandpower-lessness,onquestandhumiliation. Theresveryspecial mportanceattached osexualityundermale supremacywhenevery sexual efereirce,every sexualoke,everysexualmageserves o rcmind awoman of her invadedcentre and a manofhispou'er.Whyall thisfussn ourcultureabout sex?Becausetis specificallythroughsexualitythat thefundamentaloppression, hat ofmen over women, bnuintained.(Thisstrould be a book, can'treally begonentonow.)

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