It should first be understood that lesbianism, like male homosexuality, is a category of behavior possible only in a sexist society characterized by rigid sex roles and dominated by male supremacy. Those sex roles dehumanize women (…)

Deze tekst, gepubliceerd in 1970, was een manifest van de Radicalesbians, een invloedrijke radicale feministische groep in de VS. In de jaren zeventig sloeg de tekst in als een bom. Nu, 45 jaar later, is dit nog steeds superinteressant om te lezen. De manier waarop er hier voorbij primitieve noties van gender, seksualiteit en menselijkheid wordt gekeken is boeiend en zeker niet voorbijgestreefd – maar een bespreking komt later wel. Without further ado:


radicalesbiansWhat is a lesbian? A lesbian is the rage of all women condensed to the point of explosion. She is the woman who, often beginning at an extremely early age, acts in accordance with her inner compulsion to be a more complete and freer human being than her society – perhaps then, but certainly later – cares to allow her. These needs and actions, over a period of years, bring her into painful conflict with people, situations, the accepted ways of thinking, feeling and behaving, until she is in a state of continual war with everything around her, and usually with her self. She may not be fully conscious of the political implications of what for her began as personal necessity, but on some level she has not been able to accept the limitations and oppression laid on her by the most basic role of her society–the female role. Doorgaan met het lezen van “The woman-identified woman”