Are Lesbians Women?

  title={Are Lesbians Women?},
  author={Jacob S. Hale},
  pages={94 - 121}
I argue that Mordque Wittig's view that lesbians are not women neglects the complexities involved in the composition of the category “woman.” I develop an articulation of the concept “woman” in the contemporary United States, with thirteen distinct defining characteristics, none of which are necessary nor sufficient. I argue that Wittig's emphasis on the material production of “woman” through the political regime of heterosexuality, however, is enormously fruitful for feminist and queer… 

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  • S. Hines
  • Sociology, Art
    The Sociological Review
  • 2020
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  • A. Rich
  • Art
    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1980
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  • Sean Phelan
  • Sociology
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  • 1993
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  • Art
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