A Hard Left Fist

@article{Newton2018AHL,
  title={A Hard Left Fist},
  author={Esther Newton},
  journal={GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies},
  year={2018},
  volume={7},
  pages={111 - 130}
}
  • Esther Newton
  • Published 1 December 2000
  • Education
  • GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies
Ialways thought I’d begin to tell my story with my mother, the Eldorado of my desire, but while I’ve been struggling to begin, the fathers and their masculine principle have pushed their way forward. Is it because my masculinity defines me more than my desire does? Or because masculinity is more associated with the disciplines of history and anthropology that have shaped my outlook? I had three fathers. The first was my mother’s first husband, a Hungarian Jewish refugee photographer named… 
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