Die Freundin

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Die Freundin
Lesbiche - 1928 - D- Die freundin 1928.jpg
An issue of Die Freundin (May 1928)
Categories Lesbian magazine
First issue 1924
Country Germany
Based in Berlin
Language German

Die Freundin (English: The Girlfriend: Journal for Ideal Friendship between Women)[1][2][3] was a popular Weimar-era German lesbian magazine[4] published from 1924 to 1933.[1] The magazine was published from Berlin, the capital of Germany, by the Bund für Menschenrecht (translated variously as League for Human Rights or Federation for Human Rights), run by gay activist and publisher Friedrich Radszuweit.[5][1] The Bund was an organization for homosexuals which had a membership of 48,000 in the 1920s.[1]

This magazine, together with other lesbian magazines of that era such as Frauenliebe (Love of Women), represented a part-educational and part-political perspective, and they were assimilated with the local culture.[6] Die Freundin published short stories and novellas.[4] Renowned contributors were pioneers of the lesbian movement like Selli Engler or Lotte Hahm. The magazine also published advertisements of lesbian nightspots, and women could place their personal advertisements for meeting other lesbians.[1] Women's groups related to the Bund für Menschenrecht and Die Freundin offered a culture of readings, performances, and discussions, which was an alternative to the culture of bars. This magazine was usually critical of women for what they viewed as "attending only to pleasure", with a 1929 article urging women "Don't go to your entertainments while thousands of our sisters mourn their lives in gloomy despair."[5]

Die Freundin, along with other gay and lesbian periodicals, was shut down by the Nazis after they came to power in 1933. But even before the rise of the Nazis, the magazine faced legal troubles during the Weimar Republic. From 1928 to 1929, the magazine was shut down by the government under a law that was supposed to protect youth from "trashy and obscene" literature. During these years, the magazine operated under the title Ledige Frauen (Single Women).[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Maggie Magee; Diana C. Miller (December 1997). Lesbian lives: psyschoanalytic narratives old and new. Analytic Press. pp. 350–351. ISBN 978-0-88163-269-9. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Corey K. Creekmur; Alexander Doty (1995). Out in culture: gay, lesbian, and queer essays on popular culture. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-304-33488-9. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Robert Aldrich; Garry Wotherspoon (21 February 2003). Who's who in gay and lesbian history: from antiquity to World War II. Psychology Press. p. 445. ISBN 978-0-415-15983-8. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Friederike Ursula Eigler (1997). The feminist encyclopedia of German literature. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 281. ISBN 978-0-313-29313-9. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Leila J. Rupp (1 December 2009). Sapphistries: a global history of love between women. NYU Press. pp. 193–196. ISBN 978-0-8147-7592-9. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  6. ^ B. Ruby Rich (January 1998). Chick flicks: theories and memories of the feminist film movement. Duke University Press. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-8223-2121-7. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 

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