“How to stop choking to death”: Rethinking lesbian separatism as a vibrant political theory and feminist practice

  title={“How to stop choking to death”: Rethinking lesbian separatism as a vibrant political theory and feminist practice},
  author={Julie R. Enszer},
  journal={Journal of Lesbian Studies},
  pages={180 - 196}
  • Julie R. Enszer
  • Published 25 February 2016
  • Art, Sociology
  • Journal of Lesbian Studies
ABSTRACT In contemporary feminist discourses, lesbian separatism is often mocked. Whether blamed as a central reason for feminism's alleged failure or seen as an unrealistic, utopian vision, lesbian separatism is a maligned social and cultural formation. This article traces the intellectual roots of lesbian feminism from the early 1970s in The Furies and Radicalesbians through the work of Julia Penelope and Sarah Lucia Hoagland in the 1980s and 1990s, then considers four feminist and lesbian… 
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