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Predictors of mental health in emerging adult offspring of lesbian-parent families.

J Lesbian Stud 2019 Feb 21:1-22. Epub 2019 Feb 21.

b Department of Child Development and Education , Research Institute of Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam , Amsterdam , The Netherlands.

Emerging adulthood is a new, distinct life stage for 18- to 29-year-olds in the United States. In the sixth wave of data collection in a longitudinal cohort study (started in 1986), predictors of mental health were examined in the emerging adult offspring within lesbian-parent parent families. The donor-conceived offspring were 25 years old. Read More

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February 2019

Alef and Shem: Original artwork.

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Sharon Gershoni

J Lesbian Stud 2019 Feb 11:1-3. Epub 2019 Feb 11.

Artist and scientist Sharon Gershoni presents here two works of her art in different mediums. Alef is a series of drawings made with Japanese sumi ink on washi paper and is a reflection on the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, alef. Shem (Name) is a photograph exposing the symbols and attributes of women in Western art and thought. Read More

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February 2019

Holding on to history and each other: The unexpected LGBTQ legacy of a Czech Holocaust survivor and a Torah scroll from her hometown.

Authors:
Sylvia Sukop

J Lesbian Stud 2019 Feb 4:1-16. Epub 2019 Feb 4.

A Czech Holocaust survivor rescued by a Kindertransport in 1939; a long-lost Torah scroll, rediscovered in 1964, from a Jewish community wiped out in World War II; a German American lesbian who converted to Judaism in 2001. Three disparate stories, unfolding decades apart, converge in one memorable encounter, a Kristallnacht commemoration in Los Angeles organized by Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC), the world's first LGBTQ synagogue, which leads to an enduring friendship and fresh insight into contemporary queer Jewish life. In this personal essay, longtime BCC member Sylvia Sukop interweaves history and autobiography to explore the beauty and power of ritual, the resonance of the "Choose life" passage in Deuteronomy that her congregation reads from its rescued Czech scroll every Yom Kippur, and the many forms that good deeds and survival can take. Read More

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February 2019

No woman's land? Revisiting border zone denizens.

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Finn Mackay

J Lesbian Stud 2019 Jan 31:1-13. Epub 2019 Jan 31.

a University of the West of England , Bristol , UK.

This article presents empirical data from survey research into lesbian and queer masculinities in the United Kingdom, conducted in 2017, which garnered over two hundred responses. Dominant themes emerged which addressed the differences between the sexed body and gender identity; the contradictions of identifying with masculinities while critiquing hegemonic masculinity; a sense of anxiety or loss around a perceived decline of lesbian community and identities within it, particularly the identity of butch lesbian; and, finally, the variety of trans identities and how they are defined and distinct. The focus in this article is on the latter theme, the variety of trans identities, and particularly the shared experiences of individuals across different identifications. Read More

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January 2019

"Just like a natural man": The B.D. styles of Gertrude "Ma" Rainey and Bessie Smith.

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K Allison Hammer

J Lesbian Stud 2019 Jan 30:1-15. Epub 2019 Jan 30.

a Department of Women's and Gender Studies , Vanderbilt University , Nashville , Tennessee , USA.

This article pays homage to the antique term "B.D. (bulldyke) Woman" of the 1920s and 1930s, at a moment when the rise of a universal queer subject threatens to erase specific lesbian histories. Read More

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January 2019

Wedding the dragon: The powerful feminine as seen in Jewish women's dreams.

J Lesbian Stud 2019 Jan 22:1-14. Epub 2019 Jan 22.

a Academy for Jewish Religion , Yonkers, NY, USA.

This article addresses the theological and liturgical problem of incorporating mythic traditions of the divine feminine into contemporary practice, given the typically essentialist nature of these traditions. The article considers the dream practice of a Jewish women's learning community, the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, and applies this practice to several "dragon dreams" in which dragons appear as powerful, erotic, sacred figures that "queer" the divine feminine by offering a norm-upending vision of what the feminine is and does. These dragon dreams provide a powerful alternative to traditional Jewish images of the female dragon in which the dragon represents the demonic feminine. Read More

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January 2019
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Portrayals of the internal God among Ashkenazi Jewish Orthodox lesbians in Israel.

J Lesbian Stud 2019 Jan 21:1-16. Epub 2019 Jan 21.

Most of the existing literature on Ashkenazi Orthodox Jewish lesbians focuses on sociological aspects, mainly the negative attitudes held by religious communities towards their sexual identity and the various problems that arise from these. Less attention has been paid to lesbians' psychological coping mechanisms with the tensions between their two central identities: the religious and the sexual. Ashkenazi Orthodox lesbians find themselves in a complicated situation where they remain on the margins of both their "natural" communities: the religious one and the homosexual one. Read More

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January 2019
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On my own terms.

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Carol Conaway

J Lesbian Stud 2019 Jan 21:1-15. Epub 2019 Jan 21.

a Women's Studies Program , University of New Hampshire , Durham , NH , USA.

Carol Conaway prepared this excerpt from her political memoir-in-progress. She examines her experiences as an African American lesbian living her dream of becoming a Jew. The work focuses on how she navigated her initial naïveté about the prejudices she encountered in response to her combination of gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and mental illness. Read More

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January 2019
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Laboring lesbians: Queering emotional labor.

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Amy J Tweedy

J Lesbian Stud 2019 Jan 14:1-27. Epub 2019 Jan 14.

a Skidmore College , Saratoga Springs , New York , USA.

Through an ethnographic examination of the everyday lives of lesbians working in gas stations, this article highlights the ways in which sexuality matters within the workplace. One of the unique aspects of the service economy is the position of the body at the center of the market transaction. In other words, it is the body that serves as the point of production between the customer and the company. Read More

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January 2019
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The effects of minority stressors in the workplace on same-sex relationships: A collective case study of female couples.

J Lesbian Stud 2019 Jan 14:1-28. Epub 2019 Jan 14.

a Bowling Green State University , Bowling Green , Ohio , USA.

The purpose of this study is to explore the relational effects of minority stress processes experienced at work by female sexual minority employees. Lesbians, in particular, warrant attention in the work environment, as their experiences with homophobia may be exacerbated by sexist overtones. While scholars have linked hostility in the work environment to individual health and employment outcomes for LGBQ employees, less attention has been given to the cross-contextual effects from work to family life. Read More

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January 2019
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Between discretion and disclosure: Queer (e)labor(ations) in the work of Tove Jansson and Audre Lorde.

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Hallie Wells

J Lesbian Stud 2019 Jan 11:1-19. Epub 2019 Jan 11.

a Independent Scholar.

This article argues that the management of the tension between discretion and disclosure can be understood as queer labor: an ongoing negotiation between relating to others while defining the self. Through an analysis of selected writings by two lesbian authors, Tove Jansson and Audre Lorde, this article contributes to an understanding of the discursive management of queer experiences, the labor involved in this management, and the relation between this affective work and literary work. I argue that both Jansson and Lorde draw on their life experiences as lesbians in their elaboration of this tension and its negotiation, but that Jansson advances a more individualistic view, seeing discretion as a source of respite from the public, while Lorde sees self-knowledge and the disclosure thereof as steps toward the collaborative work of social justice. Read More

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January 2019
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"Lez be honest": Gender expression impacts workplace disclosure decisions.

J Lesbian Stud 2019 Jan 11:1-25. Epub 2019 Jan 11.

a Department of Psychology , Portland State University , Portland , Oregon , United States.

We introduce a theoretical framework of lesbian disclosure of sexual orientation in workplace contexts. Existing empirical research suggests (1) that disclosing one's sexual orientation results in positive, negative, and neutral workplace outcomes; and (2) that scholarship focused specifically on lesbian disclosure in workplace contexts is relatively limited. We extend this literature by introducing new theory that suggests that reactions to disclosure of lesbian identities will vary as a function of self-presentation. Read More

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January 2019

Legible lesbian lines: The bilingual poetry of Irena Klepfisz.

J Lesbian Stud 2019 Jan 9:1-15. Epub 2019 Jan 9.

a Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

This article focuses on the poetry of Jewish lesbian poet Irena Klepfisz, written in New York starting in the 1970s. While drawing on the tradition of Yiddish women's poetry from the first half of the twentieth century, both as scholar and poet, Klepfisz also creates a brand new, bilingual, Yiddish-English poetic mode. By mobilizing both Yiddish and English to voice her poetic and political concerns, Klepfisz stages the English/Yiddish encounter as a site where dominant norms in both languages can be challenged and new possibilities emerge. Read More

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January 2019
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Jewish lesbians: New work in the field.

J Lesbian Stud 2019 Jan 7:1-19. Epub 2019 Jan 7.

a University of New Hampshire.

This introduction provides an overview of the field of Jewish lesbian studies, particularly in the United States and the English-speaking world. The author looks at the opening of the field of Jewish lesbian feminist work and then explores ways in which Jewish lesbians have been active in religious and spiritual initiatives, the arts, politics and history, as well as academic and organizational life, and matters of exclusion. Read More

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January 2019
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Narrow bridges: Jewish lesbian feminism, identity politics, and the "hard ground" of alliance.

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Brooke Lober

J Lesbian Stud 2019 Jan 2:1-19. Epub 2019 Jan 2.

a Department of Gender and Women's Studies , University of California at Berkeley , Berkeley , California , USA.

The emergence of Jewish feminism in the late twentieth century produced a contradictory site for engagement with the Israeli state and its claims to both Jewish identity and the territory of historic Palestine. While some mobilizations of Jewish feminist identity politics promoted nationalism, others engaged the self-reflexive mode to question the coherence of group identity, to work against its codification in the state-national form, and to engender empathy and solidarity with targets of both U.S. Read More

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January 2019
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Where to from here? Blue passports, family, career-and Donald Trump.

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Dec 18:1-21. Epub 2018 Dec 18.

b Department of Communications , Albright College , Reading , PA , USA.

In this essay, we offer our stories of family and migration under a Donald Trump presidency. We are a lesbian couple; one of us is a citizen of the United States while the other is a citizen of a Muslim country. We use autoethnographic methods to explore and interrogate our "messy and fabulous" journey of liminality; our journey of belonging and exclusion, where we grapple with issues related to sexuality, family, career, and citizenship. Read More

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December 2018
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Lesbians in work settings: Identity, visibility, and strategy.

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Julie A Gedro

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Nov 28:1-3. Epub 2018 Nov 28.

a Empire State College, State University of New York , Rochester , New York , USA.

This is the foreward to this special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies on Lesbians in Work Settings: Identity, Visibility, and Strategy. The article briefly provides a context for the issue, and includes the proposed questions for consideration that were included in its call for papers. There is a need for continued research on lesbians in work settings, and this special issue contains articles that interrogate issues of lesbian presence, rights, access, identity, and visibility. Read More

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November 2018
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The "Penis Police": Lesbian and Feminist Spaces, Trans Women, and the Maintenance of the Sex/Gender/Sexuality System.

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Jennifer Earles

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Nov 24:1-14. Epub 2018 Nov 24.

a Frostburg State University.

I provide a textual analysis to show how lesbians determine gender in sexualized spaces. As members work toward recognition, agentic embodiment, and the safeguarding of lesbian spaces, how do members differently determine gender for insiders and outsiders in order to preserve a particular kind of feminism? I show how public narratives of gender, essentialism, and heterosexuality circulate in some lesbian spaces as members use the "penis police" to maintain exclusionary feminism. I expand upon the concept of determining gender to move beyond questions about how gender is socially recognized to an analysis of how gender attribution challenges/maintains the sex/gender/sexuality system. Read More

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November 2018
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Experiences of a gender non-conforming lesbian in the "ladies' (rest)room".

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Ellen D B Riggle

J Lesbian Stud 2018 18;22(4):482-495. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

a Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of Political Science , University of Kentucky , Lexington , Kentucky , USA.

Public restrooms in U.S. culture are highly gendered, politicized, problematic spaces. Read More

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June 2018
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Lovers, enemies, and friends: The complex and coded early history of lesbian comic strip characters.

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Caitlin McGurk

J Lesbian Stud 2018 31;22(4):336-353. Epub 2018 May 31.

a The Ohio State University , Columbus , Ohio , USA.

This article seeks to recuperate four previously unexamined early newspaper comic strip characters that could lay the groundwork for queer comic studies. The titular characters in Lucy and Sophie Say Goodbye (1905), Sanjak in Terry and the Pirates (1939) by Milton Caniff, and Hank O'Hair in Brenda Starr, Reporter (1940) by Dale Messick are analyzed through close readings, supporting archival material, and interviews. The article also theorizes the identification of the creator of Lucy and Sophie Say Goodbye as George O. Read More

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May 2018
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Making space: Jennifer Camper, LGBTQ anthologies, and queer comics communities.

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Margaret Galvan

J Lesbian Stud 2018 4;22(4):373-389. Epub 2018 May 4.

a University of Florida , Gainesville , FL , USA.

This article examines the career of lesbian cartoonist Jennifer Camper and how she has fostered queer community both in her comics and in real life. Archival research in LGBTQ archives and in Camper's own personal papers evidences how Camper begins developing her comics in the 1980s by participating in various grassroots LGBTQ publication spaces. From this foundation of support, she engages in comics activism with her representations of these communities during the midst of the AIDS crisis. Read More

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May 2018
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PoC, LGBTQ, and gender: The intersectionality of America Chavez.

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Laura M Jiménez

J Lesbian Stud 2018 4;22(4):435-445. Epub 2018 May 4.

a Boston University , Boston , MA , USA.

America: The Life and Times of America Chavez was a comic book series eventually published in trade form. Written by Gabby Rivera, queer Latinx young adult literature author, this iteration of Marvel Comic's Miss America (America Chavez) possesses an awareness and authenticity of Latinx culture and lesbian identity that was nothing less than revolutionary. Joe Quinones's artwork, rich in color, spirit, and pride, underscored the need for Latinx voices (both visual and verbal) to tell our stories. Read More

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May 2018
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Introduction: "Suffering Sappho!": Lesbian content and queer female characters in comics.

J Lesbian Stud 2018 25;22(4):329-335. Epub 2018 Apr 25.

a The Ohio State University , Columbus , OH , USA.

Comics have been an important locus of queer female identity, community, and politics for generations. Whether taking the form of newspaper strips, comic books, or graphic novels and memoirs, the medium has a long history of featuring female same-sex attraction, relationships, and identity. This special issue explores the past place, current presence, and possible future status of lesbianism in comics. Read More

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April 2018
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Representations of same-sex relationships between female characters in all-ages comics: Princess Princess Ever After and Lumberjanes.

Authors:
Erica Gillingham

J Lesbian Stud 2018 25;22(4):390-401. Epub 2018 Apr 25.

a National Centre for Research in Children's Literature, University of Roehampton , London , England.

Representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) characters in comics for an all-ages readership have emerged in the United States in the early twenty-first century. This essay examines the narrative constructions of same-sex relationships between female characters in two all-ages speculative fiction comics, Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill, and Lumberjanes, created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, and Brooke Allen. Read More

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April 2018
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"There is no such thing as a straight woman": Queer female representations in South Asian graphic narratives.

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Poushali Bhadury

J Lesbian Stud 2018 25;22(4):424-434. Epub 2018 Apr 25.

a Middle Tennessee State University , Murfreesboro , TN , USA.

This essay provides a brief overview of some recent Indian and Bangladeshi comics and graphic novels, whether print-based or online, which feature queer female characters. The essay contextualizes these texts with respect to the anti-LGBTQ+ legal climate in South Asian countries, but also places them within a larger trajectory of literary representations of queer (female) love in the Indian subcontinent. The texts under examination range from print graphic novels and indie comics anthologies in India to comic strips brought out by queer activists working for LGBTQ+education and advocacy in Bangladesh. Read More

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April 2018
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Survival angst: Reading Hothead Paisan in the Trump era.

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Cynthia Barounis

J Lesbian Stud 2018 25;22(4):415-423. Epub 2018 Apr 25.

a Washington University , St. Louis , MO , USA.

This essay considers Diane DiMassa's 1990s comic book series Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist alongside the recent rise and visibility of White supremacist movements following the 2016 United States election. While Hothead's acts of queer revenge primarily target White heterosexual cismen, several issues feature Hothead taking aim at neo-Nazis and the KKK. Exploring the way in which Hothead's relationship to debility and capacity is mediated by her gender, sexuality, and race, the essay argues that a biopolitical approach, including the recent scholarly turn to the non-human, can provide a useful framework for approaching interlocking systems of violence and oppression that go beyond traditional intersectional models of resistance. Read More

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April 2018
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Situating Cyberzone: Black lesbian identity in comics.

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Sheena C Howard

J Lesbian Stud 2018 25;22(4):402-414. Epub 2018 Apr 25.

a Department of Communication and Journalism, Rider University , Lawrenceville , NJ , USA.

Cyberzone is a fitting place to start any discussion around Black lesbian identity in comics, as it is the first comic book that this researcher could find which features a Black lesbian female lead superheroine. Cyberzone was self-published by Jimmie Robinson in 1994 and later re-vamped into a mini-comic series called Amanda and Gunn with Image Comics. First, this article deconstructs Cyberzone through the lens of Cultural Prism Theory (CPT). Read More

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April 2018
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"Flabulously" femme: Queer fat femme women's identities and experiences.

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Allison Taylor

J Lesbian Stud 2018 25;22(4):459-481. Epub 2018 Apr 25.

a Department of Gender , Feminist & Women's Studies, York University , Toronto , Ontario , Canada.

This article explores how queer fat femme women experience, negotiate, and resist heteronormativity, misogyny, and fatphobia, alongside other intersecting oppressions. By analyzing fat femmes' narratives presented in blogs and personal essays, this article examines themes including: the role of femme in fat queers (re)claiming femininities, the masculinizing and/or feminizing effects of "fatness" for queer femmes, the mutual constitution of fatphobia and femmephobia, femme fa(t)shion, fat femme (in)visibility, and the importance of intersectional conceptions of queer fat femininities. In doing so, this article argues that "queer fat femme" subjectivities offer fat and femme queers unique and significant opportunities for articulating resistant subjectivities, creating communities, and challenging oppressions. Read More

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April 2018
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A regressive formula of perversity: Wertham and the women of comics.

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Carol L Tilley

J Lesbian Stud 2018 25;22(4):354-372. Epub 2018 Apr 25.

a University of Illinois , Champaign-Urbana , IL , USA.

This essay serves as a close reading of psychiatrist Fredric Wertham's 1950s descriptions and critiques of female comics characters. I draw on archival sources as well as relevant texts in the study of gender and sexuality. Additionally, I integrate ideas from two of his close associates, folklorist Gershon Legman and psychiatrist Hilde Mosse, whose contributions to Seduction of the Innocent are woven-often invisibly-throughout that text. Read More

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April 2018
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Love and loss in wartime: An unpublished narrative by Pamela Frankau (1908-67).

Authors:
Caroline Gonda

J Lesbian Stud 2018 6;22(4):446-458. Epub 2018 Mar 6.

a St. Catharine's College , Cambridge , England.

This article discusses an unpublished book by the popular and prolific novelist Pamela Frankau (1908-67), which was rejected by her publishers in 1946 as "almost too personal for publication," and which for many years was believed lost. The work is addressed to Frankau's dead lover, Marjorie Vernon Whitefoord (1907-44), a fellow officer in the women's Auxiliary Territorial Service, and takes the form of a letter to Vernon. The article examines what Frankau's unpublished narrative of love and loss in wartime reveals about her life and later novels, and its implications for the official record of her life and writing. Read More

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March 2018
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Lesbians and tech: Analyzing digital media technologies and lesbian experience.

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Jul 28;22(3):263-266. Epub 2017 Nov 28.

b Department of Sociology , Hunter College, and the Graduate Center, CUNY , New York , New York , USA.

The rise of the popular Internet has coincided with the increasing acceptance, even assimilation, of lesbians into mainstream society. The visible presence of lesbians in the tech industry and in digitally mediated spaces raises a set of questions about the relationship between queer identities and Internet technologies. This introduction to a special issue of Journal of Lesbian Studies explores some of these questions and provides an overview of the articles that follow. Read More

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July 2018
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Theorizing the lesbian hashtag: Identity, community, and the technological imperative to name the sexual self.

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Andrea P Herrera

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Jul 27;22(3):313-328. Epub 2017 Nov 27.

a University of Oregon , Eugene , Oregon , USA.

This analysis integrates poststructuralist and symbolic interactionist approaches to the self by incorporating the insights of science and technology studies regarding categorization processes. While the advent of the Internet has freed many individuals from geographical constraints on community formation, the architectures of online platforms produce a technological imperative to name aspects of the self with words. Using sexual identity hashtags on Instagram (e. Read More

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July 2018
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Between butch/femme: On the performance of race, gender, and sexuality in a YouTube web series.

Authors:
Faithe Day

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Jul 27;22(3):267-281. Epub 2017 Nov 27.

a University of Michigan , Ann Arbor , Michigan , USA.

Drawing on a legacy of Black television and film production, Black web series remediate earlier media forms in order to usher in a twenty-first-century revival of indie Black cultural production. Specifically, video sharing and social media platforms operate as a sphere in which content creators and users are afforded unique opportunities to engage with video content and each other on a variety of levels. Focusing on the YouTube media sphere, one can also observe the myriad ways in which the performance of race, gender, and sexuality influences the types of discourse that circulate within these sites. Read More

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July 2018
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Mommy markets: Racial differences in lesbians' dating preferences for women with children.

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Jul 22;22(3):297-312. Epub 2017 Nov 22.

b Pitzer College , Claremont , California , USA.

Recent work shows that race is a critical factor in shaping sexual identities, partner preference, and family formation, suggesting there may be racial differences in whether lesbians already have children at the time that they look for companions. In this study, we draw on a sample of 1,923 lesbians on Match.com to quantitatively test whether there are racial differences in dating preferences for women with children, underscoring implications for family inequality through racial differences in who has children when looking for a partner. Read More

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July 2018
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Gaming out online: Black lesbian identity development and community building in Xbox Live.

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Kishonna L Gray

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Jul 22;22(3):282-296. Epub 2017 Nov 22.

a Assistant Professor of Communication, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences , New College, Arizona State University , Phoenix , Arizona , USA.

As gaming culture continues to marginalize women and people of color, other gamers are also highlighting the inequalities they face within digital gaming communities. While heterosexism and homophobia are commonplace within gaming culture, little is known about the actual experiences of "gaymers" and even less about "gaymers" of color. As such, this article seeks to explore lesbians of color and their experiences "gayming" out and online. Read More

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July 2018
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Rethinking monogamy's nature: From the truth of non/monogamy to a dyke ethics of "antimonogamy".

Authors:
Angela Willey

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Apr 25;22(2):235-253. Epub 2017 Aug 25.

a University of Massachusetts Amherst , Amherst , Massachusetts , USA.

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. Read More

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April 2018
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Transfiguring desire: Divining the origin of species.

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Apr 17;22(2):153-164. Epub 2017 Aug 17.

b Mount Holyoke College , South Hadley , Massachusetts , USA.

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. Read More

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April 2018
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The role of internalized homonegativity in the faith and psychological health of lesbians.

J Lesbian Stud 2017 Oct 11;21(4):478-494. Epub 2017 Aug 11.

c Alverno College , Milwaukee , Wisconsin , USA.

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. Read More

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October 2017
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Foreword: Biology/embodiment/desire.

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Apr 10;22(2):129-135. Epub 2017 Aug 10.

b Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts , Amherst , Massachusetts , USA.

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. Read More

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April 2018
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A no-man's-land of sex: Reading Stephen Gordon and "her" critics.

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Apr 2;22(2):165-184. Epub 2017 Aug 2.

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. Read More

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April 2018
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"I am not a friend to men": Embodiment and desire in Magnus Hirschfeld's Transvestites case studies.

Authors:
Emma Heaney

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Apr 2;22(2):136-152. Epub 2017 Aug 2.

a William Paterson University.

This article reads sexological case studies of the fin-de siècle 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. Read More

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April 2018
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"The third sex is here to stay": Rhetorical reconstructions of lesbian sexuality in Vice Versa.

Authors:
Kate Litterer

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Apr 25;22(2):204-219. Epub 2017 Jul 25.

a University of Massachusetts Amherst , Amherst , Massachusetts , USA.

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. Read More

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April 2018
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A crisis emerges: Lesbian health between breast cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Authors:
Mairead Sullivan

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Apr 25;22(2):220-234. Epub 2017 Jul 25.

a Department of Women's and Gender Studies , Loyola Marymount University , Los Angeles , California , USA.

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. Read More

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April 2018
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Becoming lesbian: Monique Wittig's queer-trans-feminism.

Authors:
Kevin Henderson

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Apr 25;22(2):185-203. Epub 2017 Jul 25.

a University of Massachusetts Amherst , Amherst , Massachusetts , USA.

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. Read More

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April 2018
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Meeting other moms: Lesbian adoptive mothers' relationships with other parents at school and beyond.

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Jan 17;22(1):67-84. Epub 2017 Feb 17.

a Department of Psychology , Clark University , Worcester , Massachusetts , USA.

Little research has examined the friendships of lesbian parents, especially within the context of children's schools. This study of 40 lesbian adoptive parents (20 couples) focused on their relationships with other parents in the school community and how sexual orientation, race, and class dynamics impacted these relationships. Half of the participants described friendships with parents at the school, sometimes in spite of demographic differences, whereas others felt disconnected due to these differences. Read More

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January 2018
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Lesbian disclosure and health care seeking in the United States: A replication study.

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Jan 17;22(1):102-115. Epub 2017 Feb 17.

a University of Windsor.

The current study explored factors associated with lesbian disclosure to health care providers (HCPs) and engagement in preventative health behaviors by replicating and extending a Canadian path analysis study with a sample of U.S. lesbians. Read More

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January 2018
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"No there is nothing wrong with your eyes, my letterhead is indeed crooked": An introduction to the study of Black and Brown lesbian educators.

Authors:
Bettina L Love

J Lesbian Stud 2017 Oct 22;21(4):371-374. Epub 2016 Sep 22.

a University of Georgia , Athens , GA , USA.

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. Read More

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October 2017
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"Less than a Vapor": Positioning Black lesbian women in history teacher education.

Authors:
Ashley N Woodson

J Lesbian Stud 2017 Oct 22;21(4):465-477. Epub 2016 Sep 22.

a Center for Urban Education , University of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh , PA , USA.

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. Read More

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October 2017
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Just friends: The role of friendship in lesbians' lives.

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Jan 23;22(1):1-3. Epub 2017 May 23.

b San Diego State University.

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January 2018
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Cosmopolitan Sexualities: Hope and the Humanist Imagination.

Authors:
Diana Vargas

J Lesbian Stud 2018 Jan 1;22(1):126-127. Epub 2017 May 1.

a Department of Women's Studies , San Diego State University , San Diego , CA , USA © 2017 Diana Vargashttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10894160.2017.1316163.

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January 2018
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