Homosexuality: the invisible alternative Thompson, Denise en_US 2021-11-25T14:49:16Z 2021-11-25T14:49:16Z 1978 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper was written in response to a comment by a member of the organising collective of the conference to the effect that they had received no submissions about lesbians. It initially couches the problem in terms of ‘heterosexism’ and ‘homosexuality’, although in fact it talks mainly about lesbianism. It discusses some ideological justifications which support the concealment of the existence of lesbians, including the British legislation against ‘acts of gross indecency’. Much of the paper is devoted to Freud’s theory of female sexuality, because a misuse of his theory is the foundation of most 'theories' of homosexuality, and because it is a picture of the fragmentation and alienation of female sexuality under patriarchy. The paper also points out that his ‘masculinity complex’ (the third of the outcomes for women, the other two being normal femininity and neurosis) could be read as an argument for lesbianism as resistance. Nonetheless, the oppression of lesbians is in the first place a conspiracy of silence, a silence that appears to be reproduced within the women’s movement. en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher School of History, Philosophy and Politics, Macquarie University en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other homosexuality en_US
dc.subject.other lesbians in the women's movement en_US
dc.subject.other Macquisten Amendment en_US
dc.subject.other Freud en_US
dc.subject.other female sexuality en_US
dc.subject.other first Women and Labour conference en_US
dc.title Homosexuality: the invisible alternative en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en
dcterms.accessRights open access
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.description.notePublic Author Introduction to Lesbian Feminism: en_US
unsw.identifier.doi Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofconferenceLocation Macquarie University en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofconferenceName The first Women and Labour conference en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofconferenceProceedingsTitle Women and Labour Conference Papers, vol. 4: The Politics of Sexuality en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofconferenceYear 1978 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 33-37 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Thompson, Denise, Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
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