01 5 / 2012

01 5 / 2012

Gail Grassi and Kate Kaufman repairing a car, East Bay 1970s, photo by Cathy Cade

A History of Lesbianism
by Judy Grahn

How they came into the world,the women-loving-womencame in three by threeand four by fourthe women-loving-womencame in ten by tenand ten by ten againuntil there were morethan you could countthey took care of each otherthe best they knew howand of each other’s childrenif they had any.How they lived in the world,the women-loving-womenlearned as much as they were allowedand walked and wore their clothesthe way they likedwhenever they could. They did whateverthey knew to be happy or freeand worked and worked and worked.The women-loved-womenin America were called dykesand some liked itand some did not.they made love to each otherthe best they knew howand for the best reasonsHow they went out of the world,the women-loving-womenwent out one by onehaving withstood greater and lessertrials, and much hatredfrom other people, they went outone by one, each having triedin her own way to overthrowthe rule of men over women,they tried it one by oneand hundred by hundred,until each came in her own wayto the end of her lifeand died.The subject of lesbianismis very ordinary; it’s the questionof male domination that makes everybodyangry.

Gail Grassi and Kate Kaufman repairing a car, East Bay 1970s, photo by Cathy Cade


A History of Lesbianism

by Judy Grahn


How they came into the world,
the women-loving-women
came in three by three
and four by four
the women-loving-women
came in ten by ten
and ten by ten again
until there were more
than you could count

they took care of each other
the best they knew how
and of each other’s children
if they had any.

How they lived in the world,
the women-loving-women
learned as much as they were allowed
and walked and wore their clothes
the way they liked
whenever they could. They did whatever
they knew to be happy or free
and worked and worked and worked.
The women-loved-women
in America were called dykes
and some liked it
and some did not.

they made love to each other
the best they knew how
and for the best reasons

How they went out of the world,
the women-loving-women
went out one by one
having withstood greater and lesser
trials, and much hatred
from other people, they went out
one by one, each having tried
in her own way to overthrow
the rule of men over women,
they tried it one by one
and hundred by hundred,
until each came in her own way
to the end of her life
and died.

The subject of lesbianism
is very ordinary; it’s the question
of male domination that makes everybody
angry.

01 5 / 2012

"It is the commitment, by choice, full time, of one woman to others of her class, that is called lesbianism. It is this full commitment, against any and all personal considerations, if necessary, that constitutes the political significance of lesbianism….There are women who have never had sexual relations with other women, who have made, and live, a total commitment to this movement. These women are ‘lesbians’ in the political sense."

Ti-Grace Atkinson, Amazon Odyssey

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01 5 / 2012

Lesbianism and the Women’s Movement, edited by Nancy Myron & Charlotte Bunch (Diana Press, 1975). Introduction here.

Lesbianism and the Women’s Movement, edited by Nancy Myron & Charlotte Bunch (Diana Press, 1975). Introduction here.

28 4 / 2012

A Boston Gay Collective in Our Bodies, Ourselves. 1979 update.

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27 4 / 2012

Lesbian Lists, Dell Richards. 1990.
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Lesbian Lists, Dell Richards. 1990.

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27 4 / 2012

1985
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1985

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