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Political v straight lesbians


Bridget said “There were two completely different types of lesbian gathering in Birmingham – the political lesbians and feminists, and the straight dykes, and at most venues there was a predominance of one or the other. At the Old Mo there were very few ‘straight dykes’ i.e. those with no politics”. Bridget didn’t think the political lesbians were into very overt displays of physical affection. “I can’t imagine someone like Trisha or Stacey becoming overtly physical unless Stacey was going to smash their face in. The odd peck on the cheek or holding hands, but nothing more overt than that”.  Barbara said “Overt affection might be seen as somewhat intrusive on others, therefore not a cool thing to do among the feminists”.

Contributed by: Barbara Carter, 53, Bridget Malin, 62

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