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Awfully devoted women : lesbian lives in Canada, 1900-65

Author: Cameron Duder
Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, ©2010.
Series: Sexuality studies series.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The lives of lesbians who grew up before 1965 remain cloaked in mystery. Historians have illuminated the worlds of upper-middle-class "romantic friends" and working-class butch and femme women who frequented lesbian bars in the '50s and '60s. The majority of lesbians, however, were lower-middle-class women who hid their sexual identity by engaging in discreet social and sexual relationships.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cameron Duder
ISBN: 9780774817387 0774817380
OCLC Number: 471042829
Description: ix, 313 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Contents: Relationships between women : the "knitting together of mind and spirit" --
Lesbian social worlds, 1900-50 : "So there seems to be a fair amount of it about --
Physical sexuality : "How did you get here Miss Brown?" --
Growing up under heteronormativity --
Sexual relationships in postwar Canada : "We found our way to it easily enough" --
Making the unspoken plain : sexual practice --
Relationships : lesbian couples and their families --
Middle-class lesbian community in the 1950s and 1960s.
Series Title: Sexuality studies series.
Responsibility: Cameron Duder.

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The lives of lesbians before 1965 remain cloaked in mystery. Historians have turned the spotlight on upper-middle-class 'romantic friends' and on working-class butch and femme women, but the lives of  Read more...

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