Are Lesbians Women?

@article{Hale1996AreLW,
  title={Are Lesbians Women?},
  author={Jacob S. Hale},
  journal={Hypatia},
  year={1996},
  volume={11},
  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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