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Surface Tension: Love, Sex, and Politics Between Lesbians and Straight Women

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Representing a fascinating spectrum of feelings and opinions about lesbianism, the friendships women share -- or fear -- and the rich diversity of personal choices women make today, this collection of brash and thoughtful essays, stories, and interviews offers
-- Dorothy Allison on what it means to be a lesbian
-- Carla Trujillo on the impact of "sexual betrayal" by an ex-lo
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 18th 1996 by Touchstone
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Molly G
Deepest reactions: to essay The (Fe)male Gaze by Elizabeth Wurtzel, pp202-217, and the following quote:

"So we're all really careful. / But maybe we should get our feelings hurt once in a while. Risk something. How can we grow as people if we live with such caution and anxiety? We're becoming humorless and overinformed, afraid to act. So nothing happens." ~ Jessica Hagedorn, p201
Thera
Jun 29, 2010 Thera rated it it was ok
This book is pretty dated, and a bunch of stuff comes off as wack and or just like embarrassingly old fashioned or wrong - I wouldn't be suprised if some of the stories and essays were from the early/mid 80s, which makes them less than current when it comes to something like the changing dynamics of queer visibility and the relationships between queer/straight women. That said, there were a couple essays in the 'solidarity' section that I thought were useful and interesting.
Az
Jul 11, 2010 Az rated it really liked it
Shelves: gender-etc
Favorites:
-Like Cutting Off My Arm is touching, but not cliché (skillful balance)

-Working Out is pleasingly contemplative

-Til Men Do Us Part is a firm slap of reality

-The Kick Inside has multiple themes, but manages not to be clutured by them

-What is it About Straight Women is by Susie Bright who is, well, Susie Bright. The piece is insightful and uplifting is a highly unexpected manner. Third paragraph from the end put this big stupid grin on my face. Probably not what she was going for, but it
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Laura
Nov 23, 2008 Laura rated it liked it
"...Lesbians like to ask me if I am a lesbian-identified bisexual, but I refuse to identify as anything other than what/who I really am, so I call myself a bisexual-identified bisexual. This assertion usually causes serious conceptual problems, until people can get past the rigid duality that hangs us up in our society: hetero-homo, male-female, good-evil, white-black..." Indigo Sam
Lisa
Mar 03, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it
as a gay woman with mostly straight female friends, i find this book really helpful to read when things get complicated and i know i'm in good company. i wish there were more essays about this subject but it's a start.
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