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Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement

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Nearly fifteen years before the birth of gay liberation, the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) was the world’s first organization committed to lesbian visibility and empowerment. Like its predominantly gay male counterpart, the Mattachine Society, DOB was launched in response to the oppressive anti-homosexual climate of the McCarthy era, when lesbian and gay people were arrested, ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 21st 2006 by Seal Press (first published 2006)
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Sep 17, 2010 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Despite continuing intense racial segregation in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the groundbreaking lesbian organization the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) provided opportunities for women to work together and socialize without color bars and with less of the armor of conformity outside the home that the concurrent cold war climate of fear mandated. Against a repressive backdrop of homophobic bar raids, arrests, and firings, the initially sec
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Mar 09, 2010 Lenore Webb rated it it was amazing
I have a new book for College Girl. She had popped in over the weekend and managed to snatch it up real quick. The usual for her of course. But I do wish to thank Seal Press for sending me "Different Daughters-Not Your Average Freedom Fighters"

This is a history of the lesbian rights movement in San Francisco, California. It was a organization called the Daughters of Bilitis or DOB. And was from the 1950's to the 1970's. Now College Girl was excited to be able to read this history in the equal ri
Feb 05, 2008 Courtney rated it really liked it
always on the search for queer histories, this book details the daughters of bilitis, the first organized and so-named Lesbian organization in the US. it is told in a sort of storytelling/gossip style, which is sometimes nice because you realize that the people who are talking were the ones who were there, but also is a little annoying at times. understanding that it was only a little while ago that lezzers had to meet in secret to protect their jobs and lives stands in sharp contrast to the lif ...more
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
A Note About Naming xv
Prologue xvii
``Qui vive''
1 (20)
Climbing The Ladder
21 (18)
Some Facts About Lesbians
39 (18)
A Look at the Lesbian
57 (20)
Removing the Mask
77 (16)
``A Conclave of Ladies with Crew Cuts''
93 (28)
Ten Days in August
121 (16)
Changing Times
137 (22)
If That's All There Is
159 (26)
Lesbos Arise!
185 (22)
Epilogue 207 (8)
Appendix: Oral History Interviews 215 (4)
Sep 01, 2015 Joan rated it liked it
This is a great book explaining the history of the lesbian rights movement starting in the 1950's. It's just a little dry for me and extremely detailed. I skimmed through it and found the information very interesting, just too much of it for me!

As a side note, I requested this book through interlibrary loan and the title is actually wrong - in the system it is called "Different Daughters: A Book by Mothers of Lesbians" which is what I had wanted, but I got this book instead.
May 16, 2008 Raelene rated it liked it
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It's a decent book, but it is one of the only books I could find that dealt only with the DOB. The history is good, and it's a very easy read.
Sep 19, 2008 Kate rated it liked it
So far this is an extremely informative and dense historical work. It is proving a bit of a chore to get through, but the information about early lesbian rights movements is worth the struggle.
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