Lillian Faderman's Odd Girls And Twilight Lovers

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Lillian Faderman systemically conducts the story of the Lesbian Revolution. In contrast to Sex and Sensibility by Arlene Stein, Faderman’s approach in her book Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers takes upon a more subtle approach. She explains the struggles and strains of the revolution in chronological order, a sharp contrast to the chaotic style displayed by Stein. Methodically, her words intertwine the various intersections and phases that the movement endures. Faderman’s retelling of the revolution begins in the late 1800’s. She recounts the ideal of “romantic friendships” to describe the love between two women at the time, with Victorian Age thinking not far distant and the idealized images of heteronormativity still rampant, these particular…show more content…
Because of the medicalization of lesbianism, this, in turn, would develop a stigma towards the community which would spread like a plague across society which was fueled only by the wildfires of mass media, as the medicalization of lesbian identity soon turned into commodification. Two particular notions that I applaud Faderman upon in contrast to Stein was her increased attention to mass media and its reinforcement towards the stigma of lesbian identity as shared by the general public and the mention of the bisexual identity. Stein words only approached one general audience and that audience was middle-class, Caucasian females, in contrast to Faderman who attempts to speak upon the vast array of identities and intersections that encompasses the lesbian identity. The 1930’s onward were embodied by literature, movies, and plays, that attempted to share upon the general idea of how a lesbian must be perceived, mainstream perception of lesbianism came to be one of promiscuousness, sickness, and
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