Lesbian feminisms: Historical and present possibilities

  title={Lesbian feminisms: Historical and present possibilities},
  author={Sonja J. Ellis and Elizabeth Peel},
  journal={Feminism \& Psychology},
  pages={198 - 204}
Lesbian feminism was a dominant ideology of politicized (white, middle class, North American, Western European, and Australasian) lesbians during the 1970s and 1980s. Prior to the rise of lesbian feminism, lesbianism was commonly theorized and talked about as illness and deviance, and subsequently as a personal sexual preference. Lesbian feminism offered women a new political language for thinking about sexuality. According to a key lesbian feminist writer, Sheila Jeffreys (2003: 22) ‘lesbian… 
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