Posted on February 12, by J. Rejecting Assimilation as Liberation. Lesbian Feminists refute the assumption that everyone is straight and that society should be structured to serve heterosexual needs. Rich also stresses the importance of having feminist theorist be inclusive of lesbianism:
Heterosexuality partner choice of the opposite sex as an institution has been questioned and examined by radical and revolutionary feminists. The presence of choice, Rich argues, would allow women to determine the meaning and place of sexuality.
Ann Koedt believes that through heterosexuality patriarchy divides women from one another. Lesbians who questioned heterosexuality and heterosexism were considered by some as a threat to feminism.
Gayle Rubin has put forward the view that very often feminism has buried lesbianism under a heterosexist agenda.
For Rubin the separation of sexual and gender oppression is vital and she considers that in criticizing the sexual oppression of heterosexuality feminism will become richer.
Many women have criticized feminism for being the view of the Western, white, middle-class, heterosexual. Rubin and Rich have offered feminism a means to criticize its own methodologies and assumptions.
This seems to suggest that more work is needed in the analysis of the construction of femininity and, what was thought to be an intrinsic part of femininity, heterosexuality. Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality.In other words, a woman’s choice to be sexually or romantically involved with a woman is seen as a bitter rejection of men because of some past trauma or fear (you can see the Freudian influences).
Male homosexuality is not viewed the same way. May 01, · Rich engages various article, including Nancy Chodorow’s “The Reproduction of Mothering”, which explains how heterosexuality is not a real choice, but instead decision that society guides women toward using various factors. DISCUSSION Is there more pressure on women to be heterosexual than men?
(ph-vs.comCritical) submitted 2 years ago by Have you read Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence by Adrienne Rich? She has some great thoughts about how heterosexuality is forced on woman.
is about men dominating women.
Heterosexuality (as a cultural. For women, a change occurred in % of heterosexuals, % of lesbians, and % of bisexuals.
The researchers suggested that heterosexuality may . Lesbian feminism is a cultural movement and critical perspective, most popular in the s and early s (primarily in North America and Western Europe), that questions the position of lesbians and women in society.
Some key thinkers and activists are Charlotte Bunch, Rita Mae Brown, Adrienne. May 14, · Yes, my sexuality is a choice: Why I reject the "born this way" narrative Kristen Stewart recently refused to box herself into an overly simplistic sexual category — and she was right to.