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The Lesbian Heresy

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A critique of the lesbian sex industry's efforts to profit from women's oppression.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 1st 1993 by Spinifex Press
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MontseMH
Dec 27, 2016 MontseMH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un ensayo sorprendente y necesario para toda aquella interesada en el feminismo, porque no solo plantea teorías acerca del lesbianismo y como este puede ser una opción política. Si no, también deconstruye el planteamiento heteropatriarcal de las relaciones intimas ofreciendo aspectos que nos llevan a reflexionar acerca de cuan intoxicados están los géneros y roles por la visión masculina.

Milla
Oct 22, 2015 Milla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me demoré años en terminar este libro. Creo que ha sido uno de los libros con más información que he leído en años: me sentía como una verdadera aspiradora absorbiendo toda la información y datos que Sheila compartía. Sé que es una mujer muy controversial, no con muchas seguidoras. He leído en internet una serie de blogs dedicados precisamente a criticarla, de hecho, ella misma menciona como esas criticas muchas veces se transformaron en verdaderos ataques a su persona. Sin embargo yo la encontr ...more
Melinda
Wow, what a book. Sheila Jeffreys takes on a broad spectrum of issues and pulls no punches. She tackles sexological essentialism, detailing its developments from the late 19th century through 1920s and the publication of The Well of Loneliness up until '90s; sadomachosism, its numerous manifestations and defenses; lesbian sex therapy and its relationship to heterosexuality; the lesbian sex industry, including pornography, prostitution, and sex toys; butch–femme roleplaying and its discourse rang ...more
Doreen
Oct 16, 2014 Doreen rated it it was amazing
Sheila Jeffrey is a remarkable woman. Her writing is pure genius. I have loved her books for more than thirty years. People who call themselves progressive love to hate radical feminists, lesbian feminists or anyone they mockingly call 70's feminists. Does it matter that we understood male dominance or male supremacy for what it was and for what it does? Professor Jeffreys has been a powerful voice (never to be silenced by small, narrow minds) for revolutionary change. Read her words and if you ...more
Aisling
Apr 26, 2014 Aisling rated it did not like it
Truly, miraculously, gloriously fucking mental. The only tragedy is that only the first 31 pages are on google books.
Contains such astonishing observations as "dildos are clearly penis-shaped". Thank you, Sheila, I'm sure we never would have guessed. (Although, I'd like to see her reactions to the more abstract designs on the market these days...)
For a self-proclaimed lesbian, she seems absolutely horrified by basically any expression of lesbian sexuality other than oral sex or gazing into each
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Tricia
Nov 10, 2012 Tricia rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No-one.
Sheila Jefferys has no clue what it means to be a feminist, is ironically critical of lesbianism, is prudish and outraged by even vanilla sexual practices, and feels the need to tell us that S&M is oppressive. (It's not.) Seriously, I got four chapters in and all she could talk about was how much she hated S&M.

Don't like it? Then don't partake in it. Simple as.

This book is a piece of shit and a waste of money. I tried to finish it, but she's so offensive I couldn't stomach it.
BeeQuiet
May 05, 2012 BeeQuiet rated it did not like it
Dreadful. I can see many young impressionable minds being swayed by it unfortunately. I'd struggle to pick out one point above any other, but the twisting of other people's words and beliefs for the purpose of creating something fitting their politics better ranks pretty highly. Hateful piece which has been well deconstructed by many feminists already.
Ugh.
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Sheila Jeffreys writes and teaches in the areas of sexual politics, international gender politics, and lesbian and gay politics. She has written six books on the history and politics of sexuality. Originally from the UK, Sheila moved to Melbourne in 1991 to take up a position at the University of Melbourne. She has been actively involved in feminist and lesbian feminist politics, particularly arou ...more
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