Lesbianism Quotes

Quotes tagged as "lesbianism" (showing 1-29 of 29)
David Foster Wallace
“Tell them there are no holes for your fingers in the masks of men. Tell them how could you ever even hope to love what you can't grab onto.”
David Foster Wallace, Girl With Curious Hair

Neil Gaiman
“You don’t need princes to save you. I don’t have a lot of patience for stories in which women are rescued by men.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sleeper and the Spindle

Rita Mae Brown
“I had never thought I had much in common with anybody. I had no mother, no father, no roots, no biological similarities called sisters and brothers. And for a future I didn't want a split-level home with a station wagon, pastel refrigerator, and a houseful of blonde children evenly spaced through the years. I didn't want to walk into the pages of McCall's magazine and become the model housewife. I didn't even want a husband or any man for that matter. I wanted to go my own way. That's all I think I ever wanted, to go my own way and maybe find some love here and there. Love, but not the now and forever kind with chains around your vagina and a short circuit in your brain. I'd rather be alone.”
Rita Mae Brown, Rubyfruit Jungle

Alison Bechdel
“Feminism is the theory. Lesbianism is the practice.”
Alison Bechdel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Sigmund Freud
“The woman who refuses to see her sexual organs as mere wood chips, designed to make the man's life more comfortable, is in danger of becoming a lesbian--an active, phallic woman, an intellectual virago with a fire of her own .... The lesbian body is a particularly pernicious and depraved version of the female body in general; it is susceptible to auto-eroticism, clitoral pleasure and self-actualization.”
Sigmund Freud

Jeanette Winterson
“I kissed her and forgot death.”
Jeanette Winterson, The Stone Gods

“Nature has made a mistake in the choice of my sexuality and I must do a life-long penance for it, for the moral power to suffer the unavoidable with dignity is lost.”
Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Psychopathia Sexualis: The Case Histories

Virginie Despentes
“Ma vision de l'amour n'a pas changé, mais ma vision du monde, oui. C'est super agréable d'être lesbienne. Je me sens moins concernée par la féminité, par l'approbation des hommes, par tous ces trucs qu'on s'impose pour eux. Et je me sens aussi moins préoccupée par mon âge : c'est plus dur de vieillir quand on est hétéro. La séduction existe entre filles, mais elle est plus cool, on n'est pas déchue à 40 ans.”
Virginie Despentes

Kathy Acker
“LESBIANS are women who prefer their own ways to male ways.
LESBIANS prefer the convoluting halls of sensuality to direct goal-pursuing mores.
LESBIANS have made a small world deep within and separated from the world.
What has usually been called the world is the male world.”
Kathy Acker, Eurydice in the Underworld

Renée Vivien
“My brunette with the golden eyes, your ivory body, your amber
Has left bright reflections in the room
Above the garden.

The clear midnight sky, under my closed lids,
Still shines… I am drunk from so many roses
Redder than wine.

Leaving their garden, the roses have followed me…
I drink their brief breath, I breathe their life.
All of them are here.

It’s a miracle… The stars have risen,
Hastily, across the wide windows
Where the melted gold pours.

Now, among the roses and the stars,
You, here in my room, loosening your robe,
And your nakedness glistens

Your unspeakable gaze rests on my eyes…
Without stars and without flowers, I dream the impossible
In the cold night.”
Renée Vivien

Nancy Garden
“Too much beauty can be hard to bear.”
Nancy Garden

“Caroline, beside herself, dragged me down to her, her breast was against mine, and by a circular movement seemed to caress it. The pretty strawberries which crowned her breasts, jealous at meeting others as fair, endeavoured to engage them in combat.”
Felicité de Choiseul-Meuse

“Coleridge perceived as no one else had done that lesbianism could be a source of the sublime.”
Andrew Elfenbein, Romantic Genius: The Prehistory of a Homosexual Role

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“I am usually able to tolerate all kinds of victims of indoctrination except those who have been infected with xenophobia, racism, or homophobia.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Lauren   James
“I can remember thinking I’d been turned inside out. Kind of like the first time I saw you.”
Lauren James, The Last Beginning

Andy Seven
“Big Jason walked into the club, stared at the band beginning their sound check and quickly walked over to the bar. Lily looked up from her rinsing and smiled.
"Big Jason Gulliver, back in town. Raquel said Godzilla returned to Tokyo, I wondered how soon you'd drop by here".

"Front me a soda, Lily. How's the night club racket?" Jason barked over the noisy band.
"Guys still hitting on me, including your stupid friend King Steve", Lily shot a jet of soda pop from her beverage gun into a water glass.
Jason chortled. "He's slow on the draw. You're a fuckin' dyke but a cool fuckin' dyke. I don't even care if you sleep with my girl".
"Why thank you, Caveman", Lily smiled, handing him the soda with a cherry on top.”
Andy Seven, Every Bitch For Himself

“There is nothing mixed up about a woman who loves women, who wants to have sex with them, or who identifies as a lesbian. It is society that is mixed up because it punishes people for not conforming to its gender stereotypes.”
Edward Stein, Forms of Desire: Sexual Orientation and the Social Constructionist Controversy

Marcel Proust
“If fruitful love, meant to perpetuate the race, noble as a familial, social, human duty, is superior to purely sensual love, then there is no hierarchy of sterile loves, and such a love is no less moral - or, rather, it is no more immoral for a woman to find pleasure with another woman than with a person of the opposite sex.”
Marcel Proust, The Complete Short Stories of Marcel Proust

François Mauriac
“It never occurs to one to think whether she is pretty or ugly. One just surrenders to her charm.”
François Mauriac, Thérèse Desqueyroux

“I really feel that people who have problem with Lesbians‬, Gays‬ and Transgenders‬, should be blessed with any one of them Only to realize that they are human beings too..Let them live peacefully for gods sake!”

Steven L. Sheppard
“You really are exotic, for boys in my country, they do not have such pectorals. I like yours.”
Steven L. Sheppard, The Untold Story Of Iphis And Ianthe

Ann Bannon
“For the first time in her life she was proud of her size, proud of her strength, even proud of her oddly boyish face. She could see interest, even admiration in the faces of many of the girls.”
Ann Bannon

Tove Jansson
“Jag trur inte att jag helt och hållet är lesbisk... och mitt förhållande til männen er oförandrat.”
Tove Jansson

Adrienne Rich
“If we consider the possibility that all women–from the infant suckling her mother’s breast, to the grown woman experiencing orgasmic sensations while suckling her own child, perhaps recalling her mother’s milk-smell in her own; to two women, like Virginia Woolf’s Chloe and Olivia, who share a laboratory; to the woman dying at ninety, touched and handled by women–exist on a lesbian continuum, we can see ourselves as moving in and out of this continuum, whether we identify ourselves as lesbian or not. It allows us to connect aspects of woman-identification as diverse as the impudent, intimate girl-friendships of eight- or nine-year-olds and the banding together of those women of the twelfth and fifteenth centuries known as Beguines who “shared houses, rented to one another, bequeathed houses to their room-mates … in cheap subdivided houses in the artisans’ area of town,” who “practiced Christian virtue on their own, dressing and living simply and not associating with men,” who earned their livings as spinners, bakers, nurses, or ran schools for young girls, and who managed–until the Church forced them to disperse–to live independent both of marriage and of conventual restrictions. It allows us to connect these women with the more celebrated “Lesbians” of the women’s school around Sappho of the seventh century B.C.; with the secret sororities and economic networks reported among African women; and with the Chinese marriage resistance sisterhoods–communities of women who refused marriage, or who if married often refused to consummate their marriages and soon left their husbands–the only women in China who were not footbound and who, Agnes Smedley tells us, welcomed the births of daughters and organized successful women’s strikes in the silk mills. It allows us to connect and compare disparate individual instances of marriage resistance: for example, the type of autonomy claimed by Emily Dickinson, a nineteenth-century white woman genius, with the strategies available to Zora Neale Hurston, a twentieth-century black woman genius. Dickinson never married, had tenuous intellectual friendships with men, lived self-convented in her genteel father’s house, and wrote a lifetime of passionate letters to her sister-in-law Sue Gilbert and a smaller group of such letters to her friend Kate Scott Anthon. Hurston married twice but soon left each husband, scrambled her way from Florida to Harlem to Columbia University to Haiti and finally back to Florida, moved in and out of white patronage and poverty, professional success and failure; her survival relationships were all with women, beginning with her mother. Both of these women in their vastly different circumstances were marriage resisters, committed to their own work and selfhood, and were later characterized as “apolitical ”. Both were drawn to men of intellectual quality; for both of them women provided the ongoing fascination and sustenance of life.”
Adrienne Rich, Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Millions of females strive to give and to maintain the impression that they are male, so there is an untapped market for what one might call a pull-down bra.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“How heavenly it would be to live their lives free from the thought that they were being criticized, pointed out - their love for each other discussed as though it were some low vulgar thing.”
Lilyan Brock, Queer Patterns

“Before long, dearest...we will be free to live our lives in our own way - free to love each other away from the people who can't understand. We will go somewhere where they can never again take from us our right to live. Somewhere there is such a place, I'm sure.”
Lilyan Brock, Queer Patterns

“There was no other love that could compare with the love of woman for woman.”
Lilyan Brock, Queer Patterns

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