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
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.


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]


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]


  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.