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A "must-read" book for anyone interested in new developments in lesbian theory. Acclaimed feminist theorist Jeffreys challenges male supremacist/racist assumptions of the sex industry, advocating the creation of a separate lesbian culture....

Title : the lesbian heresy
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ISBN : 27210954
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 262 Pages
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  • Millaray
    2019-04-14 14:59

    Me demoré años en terminar este libro. Creo que ha sido uno de los libros con más información que he leído en años: me sentía como una verdadera aspiradora absorbiendo toda la información y datos que Sheila compartía. Sé que es una mujer muy controversial, no con muchas seguidoras. He leído en internet una serie de blogs dedicados precisamente a criticarla, de hecho, ella misma menciona como esas criticas muchas veces se transformaron en verdaderos ataques a su persona. Sin embargo yo la encontré muy bacán. Sus convicciones son muy interesantes y potentes, sobre todo en relación a la oposición al BDSM. En este libro no trata profundamente acerca de su rechazo a la comunidad trans así que no me referiré eso, pero si me gustó mucho la forma en que trató el tema de las lesbianas que intentar copiar desesperadamente a los gays en el extremo de intentar transformarse en hombres. Recomiendo este libro, incluso para aquellas que no tienen ideas tan radicales como Sheila y me quedó con su frase inicial: "Todas las mujeres pueden ser lesbianas".

  • MontseMH
    2019-04-01 16:02

    Un ensayo sorprendente y necesario para toda aquella interesada en el feminismo, porque no solo plantea teorías acerca del lesbianismo y como este puede ser una opción política. Si no, también deconstruye el planteamiento heteropatriarcal de las relaciones intimas ofreciendo aspectos que nos llevan a reflexionar acerca de cuan intoxicados están los géneros y roles por la visión masculina.

  • Melinda
    2019-04-20 11:05

    Wow, what a book. Sheila Jeffreys takes on a broad spectrum of issues and pulls no punches. She tackles sexological essentialism, detailing its developments from the late 19th century through 1920s and the publication of The Well of Loneliness up until '90s; sadomachosism, its numerous manifestations and defenses; lesbian sex therapy and its relationship to heterosexuality; the lesbian sex industry, including pornography, prostitution, and sex toys; butch–femme roleplaying and its discourse ranging from Joan Nestle to Bev Jo; postmodern understandings of gender à la Judith Butler — and that's just the first half of the book. Her prose is clear, exact, and uncompromising, and her arguments are supported by an impressive wealth of examples and quotations such as magazines, novels, lesbian-feminist theory, and historical texts. Written in 1993, The Lesbian Heresy offers an accurate depiction and analysis of the direction of lesbian culture and feminist activism that still rings true today (although the picture now is notably bleaker). The book offers a cogent analysis of how sexuality under patriarchy is constructed, through the eroticization of male domination of women, to serve male interests and that this holds true even when enacted by lesbians. Despite this depressing state of affairs, Jeffreys ultimately presents a lesbian-affirming alternative, in which women turn away from male definitions of sexuality and create a powerful culture of love and respect.Useful terms and concepts: heterosexual desire is the eroticization of inequality; "lesbianandgay" to describe the subsuming of lesbian interests into a male framework.

  • Doreen
    2019-04-06 13:56

    Sheila Jeffrey is a remarkable woman. Her writing is pure genius. I have loved her books for more than thirty years. People who call themselves progressive love to hate radical feminists, lesbian feminists or anyone they mockingly call 70's feminists. Does it matter that we understood male dominance or male supremacy for what it was and for what it does? Professor Jeffreys has been a powerful voice (never to be silenced by small, narrow minds) for revolutionary change. Read her words and if you allow yourself to listen, you will find your own heretic inside.

  • Tricia
    2019-04-16 13:55

    Sheila Jefferys has no clue what it means to be a feminist, is ironically critical of lesbianism, is prudish and outraged by even vanilla sexual practices, and feels the need to tell us that S&M is oppressive. (It's not.) Seriously, I got four chapters in and all she could talk about was how much she hated S&M.Don't like it? Then don't partake in it. Simple as.This book is a piece of shit and a waste of money. I tried to finish it, but she's so offensive I couldn't stomach it.

  • BeeQuiet
    2019-04-11 07:49

    Dreadful. I can see many young impressionable minds being swayed by it unfortunately. I'd struggle to pick out one point above any other, but the twisting of other people's words and beliefs for the purpose of creating something fitting their politics better ranks pretty highly. Hateful piece which has been well deconstructed by many feminists already.Ugh.

  • edenstephen
    2019-04-10 07:43