Amber L. Hollibaugh
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Amber L. Hollibaugh (born 1946) is an American writer, filmmaker and political activist, largely concerned with feminist and sexual agendas.
Career and writings
Hollibaugh is the daughter of a Romany father of Spanish descent and an Irish mother. According to her publisher's website, "Amber L. Hollibaugh is a lesbian sex radical, ex-hooker, incest survivor, gypsy child, poor-white-trash, high femme dyke. She is also an award-winning filmmaker, feminist, Left political organizer, public speaker, and journalist." She is currently the Interim Executive Director of New York's Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ).
Hollibaugh is the former Chief Officer of Elder & LBTI Women's Services at Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago. She has been director of education, advocacy and community building at (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) (SAGE}, a New York program dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender senior education, advocacy, and community organizing.
In 1970, Hollibaugh was a leader in the Canadian movement for abortion rights. In 1978, she was a co-founder with Allan Bérubé and others of the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay History Project. In 1982, she was a speaker at the 1982 Barnard Conference on Sexuality, a key event in what became known as the Feminist Sex Wars. Hollibaugh has written on the marginalization she experienced afterwards as a result of being a former sex worker and her involvement in the sadomasochism community.
Hollibaugh was the director and co-producer with Gini Reticker of The Heart of the Matter, a 60-minute documentary film about the confusing messages women students receive about sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS. The film won the 1994 Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award; it premiered to a national audience on PBS.
In the 1990s, Hollibaugh argued that that American liberalism was in disarray, but was looking to the Left for guidance in how to reshape itself. Stafford has analyzed her memoir My Dangerous Desires (2000) in terms of femme lesbian narratives.
In 2002, Jenrose Fitzgerald discussed Hollibaugh and Singh's 1999 essay Sexuality, Labor, and the New Trade Unionism in Social Text. Fitzgerald says that their presentation of the relationship between sexual politics and the labor movement proposed a labor movement "that will take on immigration issues, racism, health care, and the nuances of economic inequality alongside more mainstream labor and 'gay rights' concerns."
In Hollibaugh's writings on sexuality, she has declared that "there is no human hope without the promise of ecstasy."
- Hollibaugh, Amber (2000). My dangerous desires: a queer girl dreaming her way home. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. ISBN 9780822326250.
- Altman, Meryl (January 2001). "Sexual politics (reviewed work: "My Dangerous Desires: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home")". The Women's Review of Books. Old City Publishing, Inc. via JSTOR. 18 (4): 13–14. doi:10.2307/4023585. JSTOR 4023585.
- Craig, Ailsa (October 2003). ""My Dangerous Desires: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home" (Book Review)". Archives of Sexual Behavior. Springer. 32 (5): 487–488. doi:10.1023/A:1025624316532.
- Kramp, Michael (Spring 2002). ""My Dangerous Desires: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home" (Book Review)". Rocky Mountain Review. Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association. 56 (1). Archived from the original on June 27, 2010. Pdf.
- Millard, Elizabeth (November–December 2000). ""My Dangerous Desires: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home" (Book Review)". Foreword Reviews. Foreword Magazine, Inc.
Articles and essays
- Hollibaugh, Amber; Moraga, Cherríe (1983), "What we're rollin around in bed with: sexual silences in feminism", in Snitow, Ann; Stansell, Christine; Thompson, Sharon, Powers of desire: the politics of sexuality, New York: Monthly Review Press, pp. 394–405, ISBN 9780853456100.
- Hollibaugh, Amber (1996), "Desire for the future: radical hope in passion and pleasure", in Jackson, Stevi; Scott, Sue, Feminism and sexuality: a reader, New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 224–229, ISBN 9780231107082.
- Hollibaugh, Amber; Singh, Nikhil Pal (Winter 1999). "Sexuality, labor, and the new trade unionism". Social Text, special issue: Out Front: Lesbians, Gays, and the Struggle for Workplace Rights. Duke University Press via JSTOR. 61: 73–88. JSTOR 488680.
- Hollibaugh, Amber L. (2004). "Sex to gender, past to present, race to class, now to future". GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Duke University Press. 10 (2): 261–265.
- Hollibaugh, Amber; English, Deirdre; Rubin, Gayle (June 1982). "Talking sex: a conversation on sexuality and feminism". Feminist Review, Sexuality. Palgrave Macmillan. 11: 40–52. doi:10.1057/fr.1982.15. JSTOR 1394826.
- Crimp, Douglas (Winter 1987). "The second epidemic". October, special issue: AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism. MIT Press via JSTOR. 43: 127–142. doi:10.2307/3397568. JSTOR 3397568. Amber Hollibaugh; Mitchell Karp; and Katy Taylor interviewed by Douglas Crimp.
- Anderson, Kelly. "Amber Hollibaugh Interview" (PDF). Voices of Feminism Oral History Project. Retrieved February 2013. Check date values in:
- "Duke University Press website". Dukeupress.edu. October 29, 2012. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- See "Amber Hollibaugh" retrieved 5-25-2012
- GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (2004) 10#2 pp 313–316
- Christabelle Sethna and Steve Hewitt, "Clandestine Operations: The Vancouver Women’s Caucus, the Abortion Caravan, and the RCMP," The Canadian Historical Review (September 2009) Volume 90, Number 3, pp 463–95
- Jeffrey Weeks, "Allan Bérubé (1946–2007)," History Workshop Journal (Spring 2010) Issue 69, p 295
- Basiliere, Jennifer Lynn (2008). Bypassing Binaries: Towards a Feminist Politics of Transgression. ProQuest. p. 39. ISBN 9780549561484.
- Sharon Gmelch, et al. Gender on Campus: Issues for College Women (Rutgers University Press, 1998) p. 197.
- Ephen Glenn Colter; Dangerous Bedfellows (1996). Policing Public Sex: Queer Politics And the Future of AIDS Activism. South End Press. pp. 402–3.
- Nancy L. Roth; Katie Hogan (1998). Gendered Epidemic: Representations of Women in the Age of AIDS. Psychology Press. p. 212.
- Eliza Jane Reilly, "Liberalism and the Left: Rethinking the Relationship," Radical History Review (Spring 1998), Issue 71, pp3-5
- Anika Stafford, "'Uncompromising Positions: Reiterations of Misogyny Embedded in Lesbian and Feminist Communities' Framing of Lesbian Femme Identities," Atlantis 2010, Vol. 35 Issue 1, pp 81–91.
- Jenrose Fitzgerald, "Querying Sexual Economy: The Cultural Politics of Sexuality and Class in the United States," American Quarterly (2002) 54#2 pp 349–357
- Cited in Iain Morland, "What Can Queer Theory Do for Intersex?," GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Volume 15, Number 2, 2009 p 303
- Meryl Altman, "Sexual Politics," The Women's Review of Books, (Jan. 2001) Vol. 18, No. 4 pp. 13–14 in JSTOR