Lesbian Nation

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Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution
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Author Jill Johnston
Subject Lesbian feminism, Separatist feminism
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
1973
Pages 283 pp.
ISBN ISBN 0-671-21433-0
OCLC 627573

Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution is a 1973 book by the radical lesbian feminist author and cultural critic Jill Johnston. The book was originally published as a series of essays featured in The Village Voice from 1969 to 1972.

Thesis[edit]

In the book Johnston outlines her vision of radical lesbian feminism. She argues in favor of lesbian separatism, writing that women should make a total break from men and male-dominated capitalist institutions.[1] Johnston also wrote that female heterosexuality was a form of collaboration with patriarchy. Writing in the Gay & Lesbian Review in 2007 Johnston summarized her views -

Once I understood the feminist doctrines, a lesbian separatist position seemed the commonsensical position, especially since, conveniently, I was an L-person. Women wanted to remove their support from men, the ‘enemy’ in a movement for reform, power and self-determination.”[2]

Reception[edit]

Becki L. Ross wrote the book The House That Jill Built: A Lesbian Nation in Formation, which analyzes the history of the lesbian feminist movement.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jill Johnston, Critic Who Wrote ‘Lesbian Nation,’ Dies at 81". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Was Lesbian Separatism Inevitable?". The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  3. ^ Ross, Beck L. (1995). The House That Jill Built: A Lesbian Nation in Formation. Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-671-21433-0.