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Being a political lesbian


“As a label it was simply saying that sleeping with men was sleeping with the enemy and the phrase didn’t necessarily mean you had relationships with women or you were massively attracted to women. It could but didn’t necessarily, but it did mean that you very definitely didn’t sleep with men, and you were woman-identified. I noticed then, as now, that that’s not very helpful. It was odd in that it defined your sexuality in terms of what you weren’t, like straight women saying I love gay men because they’re non-threatening, defining homosexuality in relation to heterosexuality, not on its own terms”.

Contributed by: Trisha McCabe, 51

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