Dykes-Loving-Dykes: Dyke Separatist Politics
Bev Jo, Linda Strega, Ruston
1990 – 2015
Why We Wrote This Book
I’ve put our entire updated book at the heading of my blog, so all the chapters can easily be seen and linked to, in order. Each chapter is meant to build from the previous chapter, but most also stand alone, for reading and sharing.
Posted in Additional Radical Lesbian Feminist writings, Dykes-Loving-Dykes: Dyke Separatist Politics, Our book 25 years later with extensive additions
Tagged Dyke identity, Dyke Separatism, Dykes-Loving-Dykes, Heterosexual privilege, heterosexuality, Lesbian community, Lesbian culture, Lesbian history, Lesbian identity, Lesbian oppression, Lesbian politics, Lesbian-hatred, Radical Lesbian Feminism
The Crimes of Mankind
(Based on the Original Version by Bev with Ruston and Linda)
(This chapter was originally the beginning of Chapter Two, Heterosexuality/Selling Out Is Not Compulsory, in our book, Dykes-Loving-Dykes, 1990.)
All males as a group have power over all females. The overwhelming majority of men and boys harass, attack, and/or rape the majority of females. All girls and women have been sexually harassed by boys and men, and most have been sexually assaulted. Those males who aren’t able to physically attack us have other forms of power they use against us.
How Patriarchy Uses Heterosexual and Bisexual Women against Lesbians
Heterosexuality/Selling Out Is Not Compulsory
Heterosexism Among Lesbians Is Lesbian-hating
Bev Jo, with Linda Strega and Ruston
I love Lesbians. For all our faults, I (Bev) believe that choosing to be a Lesbian is the best decision a woman can make in her life. If all women chose to be Lesbians, patriarchy would soon end.
2015 Update, 25 Years Later
SUPPORTING BUTCHES SUPPORTS ALL LESBIANS
(My update is the introduction for our edited original chapter on Butch oppression, BUTCH-HATRED IS LESBIAN-HATRED, published in 1990. That three-part chapter follows this section.)
We know why men hate and fear Butches, but why do so many women and even Lesbians? Seriously, why?
Posted in Additional Radical Lesbian Feminist writings
Tagged Butch oppression, Butches. Butch identity, Dyke identity, Dyke Separatism, Dykes-Loving-Dykes, Fem privilege, Fems, Heterosexual privilege, heterosexuality, Lesbian community, Lesbian culture, Lesbian history, Lesbian identity, Lesbian oppression, Lesbian politics, Lesbian-hatred, Radical Lesbian Feminism, trans cult
Lesbians for Lesbians
Dyke Separatism Means Loving Dykes
In a male supremacist world that reviles Lesbians, it’s a deeply courageous and loving choice to be a Dyke Separatist and say, “We put Dykes first. No one else cares for or loves Dykes, but we do.” Separatism comes from the same place within us that our choice to be Lesbians comes from — fierce love, passion, protectiveness, and commitment to our own kind. It’s the most female-loving politics, philosophy, and way of life on Earth. Separatism also means having the courage to perceive the world the way it really is.
Kink = Leather = S/M = BDSM —
It’s All Still Sadism and Masochism
(This is an update of our chapter against sado-masochism from our book, Dykes-Loving-Dykes, which I co-wrote with Linda Strega and Ruston, and which we published in 1990, and which was translated and printed in the German Lesbian anthology against sado-masochism, Mehr als das Herz Gebrochen (More than a Broken Heart) by Constance Ohms (Hg)in 1993. Some other chapters and updates from our book and later articles can be seen at https://bevjoradicallesbian.wordpress.com/)
(My focus here is about the contradiction of some Lesbian Feminists, or even Radical Feminists, also being sado-masochists. Some Radical Feminists ask how sado-masochists can be feminist at all, but some do have otherwise strong feminist politics. I am exploring this because Lesbians are my people. But I am in no way saying that Lesbians are more likely to be sado-masochists than are women who choose to be het or bisexual. Sexual interactions with men are by their nature sado-masochistic. Lesbians are the people who are the most free from the sado-masochism permeating patriarchal culture.)1